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The first in a series of books to teach Artificial Intelligence with a gentle approach to mathematics.

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About the Book

I need your support to write the first book in a series of books explaining Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a mathematically gentle way.  The series will be called "Artificial Intelligence for Humans".  The book that I am proposing for this Kickstarter campaign is Volume 1: Fundamental Algorithms. The other volumes will likely follow as future Kickstarter projects.  This project only covers volume 1. 

You can see the mock-up cover for this volume here.

This cover illustrates why I need your support! Does it look like a cover created by a programmer pretending to be a graphic artist?  Yeah!  That is exactly what I was doing.  Its a mock-up.  Pledges would help hire a professional to create a better cover.  It is also best for me to not play editor either!  So if you see a grammatical error on this page, I apologize. Some things are best left to professionals.  This is why I need your support.  Producing a book is by no means free! 

This is not my first time producing a book.   Let me introduce myself!  My name is Jeff Heaton.  I've written books as an Indie Author, as well as through large publishing houses. I am an author, active blogger, lead developer on the Encog Machine Learning Framework open source project, and have produced over 100 YouTube videos covering a wide array of AI topics.

This is an Indie project and I will create both:

  • A physical paperback book
  • A DRM-Free PDF, Kindle, ePub and MOBI ebook

The physical paperback will be sold on Amazon and elsewhere.

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About the Book

The following video shows more about what the book will cover.  This video also serves as a 10 minute 10,000 foot overview of the fundamentals of AI.

To have a great building you must have a great foundation. This book teaches Artificial Intelligence algorithms such as dimensionality, distance metrics, clustering, error calculation, Hebb's rule, the Delta Rule, hill climbing and linear regression. These algorithms allow you to process and recognize patterns in data.  This is how sites such as Amazon and NetFlix suggest products to you.  

These are not just foundational algorithms for the rest of the series. These algorithms are very useful in their own right. All algorithms are explained with actual numeric calculations that you can perform yourself.

The paperback edition of this book will be between 200-300 pages. DRM-Free ebooks will also be available as PDF, Kindle, MOBI and ePub. The ebook will sell for around $10 (USD). The paperback will sell for around $20-30, depending on exact printing costs. The tentative table of contents is as follows. 

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to AI
  • Chapter 2: Normalizing Data
  • Chapter 3: Distance Metrics
  • Chapter 4: K-Means
  • Chapter 5: Error Calculation
  • Chapter 6: Hebb and Delta Rule
  • Chapter 7: Towards Machine Learning 
  • Chapter 8: Random Numbers
  • Chapter 9: Hill Climbing
  • Chapter 10: Linear Regression

(I may make changes to the table of contents as I write the book)

About the Series

Artificial Intelligence for Humans is a book series meant to teach AI to someone who does not have an extensive mathematical background. I only assume that the reader has a basic "College Algebra" or "Computer Programming" background. If I use an advanced mathematical technique, I will explain it! Every chapter also includes a programming example. Examples are currently provided in Java, C# and R. Example packs for Javascript, Scala, Groovy, Python, Clojure and F# are planned. If you want to force a language to the front of the line, there is a pledge level for that!

Most AI books assume you just walked off a university campus having aced Calculus and Linear Algebra.  These books are full of formulas and very short on examples. 

The volumes planned in this series are as follows.  Only volume 1 is covered by this Kickstarter project.

  • Volume 0: Introduction to the Math of AI
  • Volume 1: Fundamental Algorithms
  • Volume 2: Evolutionary Algorithms
  • Volume 3: Neural Networks
  • Volume 4: Support Vector Machines
  • Volume 5: Probability
  • So why would you want to buy THIS book about AI?  Let me tell you!

    Why this Book?

    Do you really want a book full of equations like this???

    If you do, then you are in luck!  There are already quite a few such books.  Such a book is not my focus.  I want to expand on successful book I wrote a few years ago.  This book taught the mathematics of neural networks assuming that the reader only basic college algebra knowledge.  By "college algebra" I mean the knowledge any computer programmer or business person who performs modestly complex calculations on Excel would have.   

    With this assumption I blaze a path right up to Calculus and Linear Algebra teaching ONLY what you need, and backing it up with examples.  I also leave no unusual looking Greek symbol unexplained. 

    This book did well.  It now holds the #1 spot on Amazon.COM (USA) if you perform a search on "Neural Networks". (see for yourself)

    That is my book! And now I want to do the same thing, only bigger! By the way, this is NOT a cover I did myself.  Some of the pledges will be used to produce a cover similar to this for Volume 1.

    AI is Coming of Age! (seriously)

    Why learn AI?  AI does have a major "coolness factor".  Many people jump into AI for this reason alone.  However, in recent years AI is becoming more important.

    Why is AI important? Seriously AI is coming of age this time!  I know AI has been "coming of age" since the 1950's.

    The amount of computer data in the world increasing at an amazing rate.  This is thrusting many AI related concepts into the mainstream. How many of these terms have you seen in the media lately?

    Terms such as Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Predictive Modeling, Big Data and Data Science are all, in various degrees, connected to AI.  The world has more data that it can wrap its head around!  

    Cloud computing is also helping to allow Big Data to be analyzed by AI. Amazon EC2 allows you to quickly command a large cluster of computers to process Big Data tasks.

    Harvard Business Review even called "Data Scientist" the sexiest job of the 21st century!  (link)  

    There you go!  AI can even help your love life!

    I Need your Support

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a fascinating topic.  I truely enjoy programming in this area.  I am excited to bring this expanded book series to market.  Wouldn't you like to be a part of this as well?  Your pledge will help make this a reality.  This will help pay for editing, cover design and other expenses.   

    Help me spread the word.  If you know of someone who might be interested in this project, please pass the word on.  If you have any questions, please post a comment.

    Stretch Goals

    First stretch goal, $4000 (met), additional computer language.  If the funding hits $4,000 before the end of the Kickstarter campaign I will add an additional programming language for the examples. Currently I am doing C#, Java & R. We will choose an additional programming language based on a weighted vote of ALL backers. i.e. if you are in at the $7 level, your vote counts 7 times. At $100, it counts 100 times. Of course, this has to be a language I know reasonably well. The choice of languages are: Javascript, F#, Scala, PHP, Python, Groovy or Clojure.

    Second stretch goal, $10,000 (met), 2nd additional computer language.  Just like the first stretch goal, except I will use both 1st and 2nd place languages from the survey.

    ^^^ ------- MET ------- ^^^ 

    Third stretch goal, $20,000, Video tutorial for each chapter.  I will produce a 15 minute tutorial video for each chapter in the book.  These videos will be available on YouTube.

    Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

    The risks are limited, but.... A black-ops government agency unleashing a "SkyNet" scenario, would be a setback for sure. Large civilization ending meteors are bad too.


    • You will get the ebooks as soon as this project is #1 funded and #2 approved. I can't send you the ebooks prior the the project being funded. This project might fail to reach funding. If this happens, then all transactions are canceled. Obviously I can't send anything prior to that. Also if the project is successful then Kickstart goes through a final approval process that can take 1-2 weeks, while all pledges are collected. So once all of this is complete, I will send the ebooks. Of course, the new ebook (volume 1) is not written yet, and it will be sent out in December (at the latest)

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