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NOTICE: To buy the newest edition of this book (2021), please search "Machine Learning Absolute Beginners Third Edition" on Amazon. The product page you are currently viewing is for the 2nd Edition (2017) of this book.

Featured by Tableau as the first of "7 Books About Machine Learning for Beginners."

Ready to spin up a virtual GPU instance and smash through petabytes of data? Want to add 'Machine Learning' to your LinkedIn profile?

Well, hold on there...Before you embark on your epic journey, there are some high-level theory and statistical principles to weave through first.But rather than spend $30-$50 USD on a dense long textbook, you may want to read this book first. As a clear and concise alternative to a textbook, this book provides a practical and high-level introduction to machine learning.

Machine Learning for Absolute Beginners Second Edition

has been written and designed for

absolute beginners

. This means plain English explanations and no coding experience required. Where core algorithms are introduced,

clear explanations


visual examples

are added to make it easy and engaging to follow along at home.

New Updated Edition

This major

new edition

features many topics not covered in the First Edition, including Cross Validation, Ensemble Modeling, Grid Search, Feature Engineering, and One-hot Encoding.

Please note that this book is not a sequel to the First Edition but rather a restructured and revamped version of the First Edition.

Readers of the First Edition should not feel compelled to purchase this Second Edition.


If you have passed the 'beginner' stage in your study of machine learning and are ready to tackle coding and deep learning, you would be well served with a long-format textbook. If, however, you are yet to reach that

Lion King moment

- as a fully grown Simba looking over the Pride Lands of Africa - then this is the book to gently hoist you up and offer you a clear lay of the land.

In This Step-By-Step Guide You Will Learn:

• How to

download free datasets

Data scrubbing

techniques, including

one-hot encoding



and dealing with

missing data

• Preparing data for analysis, including


-fold Validation

Regression analysis

to create trend lines•


, including



clustering, to find new relationships• The basics of

Neural Networks


to improve your machine learning model•

Decision Trees

to decode classification• How to build your first

Machine Learning Model

to predict house values using Python

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need programming experience to complete this e-book?

A: This e-book is designed for absolute beginners, so no programming experience is required. However, two of the later chapters introduce Python to demonstrate an actual machine learning model, so you will see programming language used in this book.

Q: I have already purchased the First Edition of Machine Learning for Absolute Beginners, should I purchase this Second Edition?

A: As many of the topics from the First Edition are covered in the Second Edition, you may be better served reading a more advanced title on machine learning.

Q: Does this book include everything I need to become a machine learning expert?

A: Unfortunately, no. This book is designed for readers taking their first steps in machine learning and further learning will be required beyond this book to master machine learning.

Please feel welcome to join this introductory course by buying a copy, or sending a free sample to your device.