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Practical Artificial Intelligence in the Cloud

Only a couple of years ago, artificial intelligence was a cliché, a sad remnant of 1950s-style futurism. Today it’s sexy again, and that far-off future of intelligent bots is just around the corner. Consider the latest trend, AI-as-a-Service (AIaaS). Software vendors such as Google, IBM, and Amazon are rolling out sophisticated cloud-based AI and machine-learning services for a growing market of developers and users in business and academia.

The Business of Genomic Data

In the 13 years since the Human Genome Project was completed, genomic sequencing has come a long way. Next-generation sequencing technology can now produce data faster and cheaper, and many companies with viable business models are using this data to vastly improve diagnostics and treatment. This report provides an overview of the genomics field for data scientists that highlights the tremendous growth in this field, as well as the big data challenges that impede further progress.

The New Artificial Intelligence Market

As with other technologies introduced in the past decade, artificial intelligence is the subject of many market predictions. But what exactly is current commercial adoption of AI beyond academic labs? In this ten-page report, Spiderbook cofounder Aman Naimat provides the results of a data-driven analysis into the U.S. industries and companies using or building AI products right now.

Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Past-Tense Verbs Up Close, 2nd Edition

The One-Stop Guide to Mastering Spanish Past-Tense Verbs. Learning the past-tense can be one of the most frustrating aspects of Spanish grammar, but it is also one of the most important for being understood and understanding what others say. By adding the Spanish past-tense verbs to your range of language skills, you will open up a whole new world of communication.

Identifying Birds by Colour

It is not always easy for the amateur birdwatcher to correctly identify a bird as it quickly flies by, but this new and innovative identification guide is designed to remedy this problem. More than 300 species of birds are categorized and arranged by the colors that appear in their plumage, making identification a simple process of noting each bird's color patterns.

The Penguin Dictionary of Biology

Worried about your maternal effect or biological clock? Need to know a rhizoid from a rhizome? Think you're going to fail your zoology or botany exam? The Penguin Dictionary of Biology is your saviour, defining some 6000 terms relating to this rich, complex and constantly expanding subject - from amino acids, bacteria and the cell cycle to X-ray diffraction, Y chromosome and zygotes. Long established as the definitive single-volume source, this dictionary has sold over 200,000 copies and is extensively updated for its eleventh edition.

Complete Japanese Expression Guide

The Complete Japanese Expression Guide enables students to speak and understand idiomatic Japanese with the ease and fluency of a native speaker.

A Dictionary of Geography, Second Edition

The geographer seeks to describe the diverse features of the earth's surface, to explain if possible how these features have come to be what they are, and to discuss how they influence the distribution of man with his diverse activities. Geography therefore stands transitionally yet centrally between the natural sciences, the social studies, and the humanities. While in its concept and content it is an integrated whole, of necessity it impinges on the associated disciplines, and inevitably makes use of a wide range of kindred terminology. In compiling the 3,400 entries for this dictionary, the main criterion for inclusion has been usage. Geographical textbooks and periodicals have been systematically combed, and where a term has been used in a specific geographical context, or in a specialist sense which differs from general practice or popular usage, it has been included. Foreign words are listed where they have been accepted into English geographical literature, especially where no satisfactory translation exists. Cross-references are freely given, printed in small capitals, where it is necessary to assist the user in tracing cognate and supplementary entries, or where the meaning of the word thus shown is essential to the understanding of the entry. The emphasis throughout is on specific factual information, conveniently accessible on a strict alphabetical basis, rather than a bare definition. Statistical material and formulae are appended, where it would seem helpful, in the form of tables under the relevant entries. Since this dictionary is neither a gazetteer nor a compendium of current affairs, lists of countries and capitals, regional names and international groupings are not included, since these can be found conveniently elsewhere. The five hundred and seventy-two additional entries to this dictionary, together with a few minor modifications to the existing material, are the result of extensive correspondence and discussion since the appearance of the first edition. This edition, originally published in 1970, has continuing relevance as a resource for professionals.

No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days

Chris Baty, founder of the wildly successful literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month, has completely revised and expanded his definitive handbook for extreme noveling. Chris pulls from over 15 years of results-oriented writing experience to pack this compendium with new tips and tricks, ranging from week-by-week quick reference guides to encouraging advice from authors, and much more.

Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Past-Tense Verbs Up Close, 2nd Edition

The One-Stop Guide to Mastering Spanish Past-Tense Verbs. Learning the past-tense can be one of the most frustrating aspects of Spanish grammar, but it is also one of the most important for being understood and understanding what others say. By adding the Spanish past-tense verbs to your range of language skills, you will open up a whole new world of communication.

Japanese Words & Their Uses II: The Concise Guide to Japanese Vocabulary & Grammar: Learn the Japanese Language Quickly..

This bookfills the gap by concisely explaining 300 troublesome but essential words and phrases, which are alphabetically arranged for easy reference. It discusses not only how they should be used but also how they should not be used, contrasting them with their English "equivalents." The entries include many sample sentences and cross-references, along with notes on usage mistakes committed by the author's own students. Drawing on his long experience in teaching Japanese, as well as scholarly research, Professor Miura has produced a work that offers real help to students and teachers of the language everywhere.

An Encyclopedia of the Violin

"No list of twentieth-century landmarks in music reference would be valid without Bachmann's Encyclopedia."-American Reference Book Annual

Business Communication: Building Critical Skills, 6th Edition

Business Communication: Building Critical Skills was built to provide the ultimate in freedom, flexibility, and focused classroom. Broken into 30 modular chapters, this text provides topic-focused modules, allowing instructors to customize their resources piece-by-piece to best suite their course and teaching style. Each module has a strong workplace activity orientation, supporting students to build critical skills in writing, speaking, and listening. Locker/Kaczmarek is grounded in solid business communication fundamentals, and supports students to piece together what is needed to be a successful communicator for the 21st century.

Teaching History with Museums: Strategies for K-12 Social Studies

Teaching History with Museums, Second Edition provides an introduction and overview of the rich pedagogical power of museums and historic sites. With a collection of practical strategies and case studies, the authors provide educators with the tools needed to create successful learning experiences for students. The cases are designed to be adapted to any classroom, encouraging students to consider museums as historical accounts to be examined, questioned, and discussed.

Hybrid Teaching and Learning: New Directions for Teaching and Learning

Hybrid, or blended, classrooms are expanding on campuses across the United States (and internationally). Intentionally combining in-class instruction with online activities not only aids student learning, it also provides more self-directed, technology-mediated learning experiences for students who will incorporate technology into their professional lives post-college.

Cool Thing: The Best New Gay Fiction from Young American Writers

Lambda Award-winning novelist Blair Mastbaum and writer Will Fabro have put together a fun and edgy anthology of hot new fiction by young gay writers. With works by Mastbaum, Fabro, Mark Edmund Doten, Michael Tyrell, Sam J. Miller, and more, Cool Thing has something for everyone.

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