29 September 2007

Algorithms for Clustering Data. ( Jain and Dubes)

Anil K Jain & R.C. Dubes. ALGORITHMS FOR CLUSTERING DATA. Prentice Hall, New Jersey 1988. ISBN 013022278X

Current Values $200-$400 /£100-£200

A lot of chaps want it although it can be downloaded for free by clicking on the top title above. One of those books people get worked up about, for some its Wuthering Heights, for some its Lazy Liza Lizard and for others it's clustering data. Anil Jain is well known and respected in the field of facial and dental recognition, fingerprints and signature authentication. We're also talking data mining...our pic below is from an algorithm watchers site. He has a website devoted to him where his research interests are listed as 'statistical pattern recognition, data clustering, texture analysis, document image understanding and biometric authentication.' In the post 9/11 world such areas of knowlege are inreasingly relevant and lucrative. The book 'Algorithms for Clustering Data' is noted as being ranked by Citeseer as # 93 in Most Cited Articles in Computer Science (over all times).

VALUE? Presumably wanted by some who are in steady and well paid employment so I put the value at $200 and a bit more for sharp copies. A fine copy was listed at $550 12/06 with a relister piggybacking it at $1200. These have gone away -probably not sold but reincarnated at more sober prices - even the greediest booksellers need to sell something occasionally, painful though it is. There are now 7 at Amazon at between $200 and $500. It appears to be a book that has fallen significantly in value and the market has responded by nimbly lowering prices. Possibly one of those books that, although notionally worth several hundred dollars, is quietly traded at much less. [ W/Q *** ]


Anonymous said...

Oh, at US$500 it's worth every penny...

Bookride said...

I don't know if you noticed but it can be downloaded (in less than a minute) for free. It is nice to have the actual book, however, but at this price it is not alot of fun or may be algorithms are such good business that $500 is chump change.