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In Honest Numbers and Democracy, Walter Williams offers a revealing history of policy analysis in the federal government and a scorching critique of what’s wrong with social policy analysis today. Williams, a policy insider who witnessed the birth of domestic policy analysis during the Johnson administration, contends that the increasingly partisan U.S. political environment is vitiating both "honest numbers" — the data used to direct public policy — and, more importantly, honest analysts, particularly in the White House.

Drawing heavily on candid off-the-record interviews with political executives, career civil servants, elected officials and Washington-based journalists, Williams documents the steady deformation of social policy analysis under the pressure of ideological politics waged by both the executive and legislative branches. Beginning with the Reagan era and continuing into Clinton’s tenure, Williams focuses on the presidents’ growing penchant to misuse and hide numbers provided by their own analysts to assist in major policy decisions.

Honest Numbers and Democracy is the first book to examine in-depth the impact of the electronic revolution, its information overload, and rampant public distrust of the federal government's data on the practice of policy analysis.

A hard-hitting account of the factors threatening the credibility of the policymaking process, this book will be required reading for policy professionals, presidential watchers, and anyone interested in the future of U.S. democracy.

Thinking, and betting, like the pros


"Most people in sports betting are looking at things the wrong way."

- Peter Webb, founder of Bet Angel


"Some people only ever seem to want to hit the sexy six, and not take the singles"

- Compton Hellyer, founder of Sporting Index


This is a book that teaches you how to bet on sports with the same discipline and mindset as the professionals.


Lots of books and websites give advice on profitable strategies - and tipsters and systems proliferate. But this is the only guide that helps you make your trades and bank your wins for the long term, avoiding the perennial dangers of overconfidence, irrationality and emotion.


However successful your selections, you are never safe from crippling losses until you know how to bet with the clear head and calm approach of the masters.


The simple fact is that most people betting on sports lose over the long term. Performance errors currently hamper the majority of bettors: they lose their bets because they first lose their heads.The only answer is to think differently. With chapters ranging across motivation, performance analysis, the betting process and going pro, this book is the definitive guide to achieving this:


- Use dozens of exercises to sharpen your thinking and refine your betting processes.

- Share in the exclusive insights of professional sports bettors, who reveal for the first time how they have built successful gambling careers.

- Benefit in every chapter from one-to-one training from the author, a professional sports and trading performance coach.


Sports Betting to Win is your own personal course for establishing a firm psychological foundation for long-term betting success.

This book covers both classical and modern models in deep learning. The primary focus is on the theory and algorithms of deep learning. The theory and algorithms of neural networks are particularly important for understanding important concepts, so that one can understand the important design concepts of neural architectures in different applications. Why do neural networks work? When do they work better than off-the-shelf machine-learning models? When is depth useful? Why is training neural networks so hard? What are the pitfalls? The book is also rich in discussing different applications in order to give the practitioner a flavor of how neural architectures are designed for different types of problems. Applications associated with many different areas like recommender systems, machine translation, image captioning, image classification, reinforcement-learning based gaming, and text analytics are covered. The chapters of this book span three categories:

The basics of neural networks: Many traditional machine learning models can be understood as special cases of neural networks. An emphasis is placed in the first two chapters on understanding the relationship between traditional machine learning and neural networks. Support vector machines, linear/logistic regression, singular value decomposition, matrix factorization, and recommender systems are shown to be special cases of neural networks. These methods are studied together with recent feature engineering methods like word2vec.

Fundamentals of neural networks: A detailed discussion of training and regularization is provided in Chapters 3 and 4. Chapters 5 and 6 present radial-basis function (RBF) networks and restricted Boltzmann machines.

Advanced topics in neural networks: Chapters 7 and 8 discuss recurrent neural networks and convolutional neural networks. Several advanced topics like deep reinforcement learning, neural Turing machines, Kohonen self-organizing maps, and generative adversarial networks are introduced in Chapters 9 and 10.

The book is written for graduate students, researchers, and practitioners. Numerous exercises are available along with a solution manual to aid in classroom teaching. Where possible, an application-centric view is highlighted in order to provide an understanding of the practical uses of each class of techniques.

Google.com is one of the most popular sites on the Internet and is used around the world by millions of people every day. Sure, you know how to "Google it" when you're searching for something--anything!--on the Web. It's plenty fast and easy to use. But did you know how much more you could achieve with the world's best search engine by clicking beyond the "Google Search" button?

While you can interface with Google in 97 languages and glean results in 35, you can't find any kind of instruction manual from Google. Lucky for you, our fully updated and greatly expanded second edition to the bestselling Google: The Missing Manual covers everything you could possibly want to know about Google, including the newest and coolest--and often most underused (what is Froogle, anyway?)--features. There's even a full chapter devoted to Gmail, Google's free email service that includes a whopping 2.5 GB of space).

This wise and witty guide delivers the complete scoop on Google, from how it works to how you can search far more effectively and efficiently (no more scrolling through 168 pages of seemingly irrelevant results); take best advantage of Google's lesser-known features, such as Google Print, Google Desktop, and Google Suggest; get your website listed on Google; track your visitors with Google Analytics; make money with AdWords and AdSense; and much more.

Whether you're new to Google or already a many-times-a-day user, you're sure to find tutorials, tips, tricks, and tools that take you well beyond simple search to Google gurudom.

A beginner’s guide to writing a novel, publishing as an independent ebook author and promoting your brand using social networks.

With foreword by Jim Williams, author of ten internationally published novels including the Booker Prize nominated Scherzo.

The New Author is an excellent piece of writing, combining deceptive simplicity, lucidity and charm: a trick which in practice is very difficult to pull off. The book is also informed by considerable intelligence and analysis founded on firsthand experience.

Barnes explicitly warns against the trap that engagement at the required level can become obsessive and time consuming, and in a couple of nice vignettes he makes his point with wit and style. The New Author is a terrific companion for independent e-publishing and I recommend it.


There are at least three reasons why you might want to buy this book:

1. you want to be an author;

2. you have already written a novel and want to publish it as an ebook;

3. you want to promote yourself as an author.

This book is a beginner’s guide on how to do the above. It isn’t a magic elixir for foolproof million copy marketing of your ebook. It is based upon the experiences of this author and a broad-based peer group.

I have to warn you right now, this is not going to be an easy journey. Less of a country stroll, more of a trek up Kilimanjaro. The good news is that almost anyone can trek up Kilimanjaro with the right support, appropriate equipment and a positive attitude. See you at the top.

The New Author is a non-fiction work of 44,000 words.


What this book does and does not contain

The scope of this edition is deliberately limited to basic novel writing guidelines, first practical steps in building and operating a social media platform for authors, and the process of epublishing a novel on Amazon KDP and other market channels via Smashwords. A list of recommended further reading is provided that covers the subject matter, should readers wish to delve deeper into these areas.

This edition of The New Author does not contain a method approach to novel writing, advice on publishing in print or a prescriptive ‘silver bullet’ approach to ebook marketing.

The internet is a labyrinth of blogs, websites and web-based tools. User interfaces are constantly being improved, upgraded and changed. No screenshots have been included in this book in order to avoid early obsolescence and to keep the format and page display simple and readable. Hyperlinks to the internet have not been used for similar reasons and to avoid accidental use by the increasing number of ereaders with touch screens.

Contents
Introduction
Foreword
Part 1 - writing a novel
- Have you got what it takes?
- The time, space, support continuum
- The Rules
- Plot and premise
- Planning and structure
- Characters
- Narrative Voice
- Tense
- Settings – the six senses
- Pace & structure
- Dialogue – people will talk
- Theme - metaphor
- Language and grammar
- Editing
- Writing peer groups
- Beta readers
- Vignette 1 - Peer review; the blind leading the blind?
Part 2 - Promoting your brand using social networks
- Brand
- Nom de Plume?
- Content - the nitty gritty of your social network platform
- Website / blog style
- Search Engine Optimisation SEO for your blog / website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Reader groups
- Other social networks
- Vignette 2 - Compulsive Communication Syndrome
Part 3 - publishing an independent ebook
- Getting your manuscript into shape for publishing
- Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
- KDP reports
- KDP Community
- Amazon Author Central
- Smashwords
- AutoVetter
- Premium status
- Your pricing on the web
- Your ebook’s reviews on the web
And finally…
- Self-publishing in print
- Marketing an ebook
- Vignette 3 - Under the influence - social networks
Ruby’s Top Ten Tips for Ebook Publishing
Recommended reading

 

Exam topics covered include tasks and scheduling, remoting, the Spring Web Services framework, RESTful services with Spring MVC, the Spring JMS module, JMS and JTA transactions with Spring, batch processing with Spring Batch and the Spring Integration framework. Prepare with confidence for the Pivotal Enterprise Integration with Spring Exam.

One of the important aspects of this book is a focus on new and modern abstractions provided by Spring. Therefore most of the features are shown with Java annotations alongside established XML configurations. Most of the examples in the book are also based on the Spring Boot framework. Spring Boot adoption is exponential because of its capability to significantly simplify Spring configuration using sensible opinionated defaults. But Spring Boot is not the target of the exam, therefore all the features are also covered with plain Spring configuration examples.


How to use Spring to create concurrent applications and schedule tasksHow to do remoting to implement client-server applicationsHow to work with Spring Web services to create loosely coupled Web services and clientsHow to use Spring MVC to create RESTful web services and clientsHow to integrate JMS for asynchronous messaging-based communicationHow to use local JMS transactions with SpringHow to configure global JTA transactions with SpringHow to use Spring Integration to create event-driven pipes-and-filters architectures and integrate with external applicationsHow to use Spring Batch for managed, scalable batch processing that is based on both custom and built-in processing components

How to Make Money on Textbroker
Tips and Techniques for Writing
Table of Contents
Introduction
The Art of Writing
Writing Meaningful Content
The Will to Write
What Is Expected Of A Good Content Writer?
How to Become a Good Content Writer
Comparing Textbroker with Other Content Writing Companies
Non-USA resident – try Odesk
Knowing More about Textbroker
Winning with a Well-Written Test Article
Headings
Instructional Information
Keeping Yourself Informed
Scan-able Information
How to Write Quality Articles
Catching The Reader’s Interest
Rereading and proper editing
Next Step
Do the Math
Conclusion
Author Bio
Check out some of the other JD-Biz Publishing books

Introduction
This book is going to give you an introduction on how to become a successful article and content writer on Textbroker. Unfortunately, writing for Textbroker is limited only to people based in the USA, due to taxation problems. I was a writer for eight months, there, so when I decided to change locations and careers, I decided to stay on with content writing.
This book is going to give you plenty of helpful tips and techniques, content writing profitably, what your clients are going to expect from you, and other useful information, including writing for websites.
A successful content writer is that responsible person who takes the undertaking of writing a newsletter, article, blog, website content, or develops content, with the specific goal of educating his readers or bloggers. His secondary goal is to drive traffic to the client’s website.
Practical solutions for developing seamless experiences for application that scales.About This BookA Solution based approach that would help you create high-quality apps for your businessesHarness the power of real-time database to create apps that work on multiple platformsBuild a customized solution for your app development challenges with FirebaseWho This Book Is For

This book will assume you have at least a minimum set of skills in JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Also, having some familiarity with backend technologies will be helpful. After all we're going to build a backend application that will change the way backend developer works.

What You Will LearnUse Firebase Diverse Authentication systemsIntegrate easy, secure File Hosting using Firebase Storage servicesMake your application serverless using Firebase Cloud FunctionsUse the powerful Firebase Admin SDK for privilege managementUse Firebase within NativeScript apps for cross-platform applicationsModify, structure, save and serve data in and from Realtime DatabaseGet acquainted with the newly introduce Cloud Firestore, a scalable database for your web and mobile applicationsIn Detail

Do you feel tired just thinking or even hearing about backend technologies, authentication or the tedious task of deployment? Firebase is here to change the way you develop and make your app a first-class citizen of the cloud.

This books takes a solution based approach by providing you recipes that would help you understand the features of Firebase and implement them in your existing web or mobile applications.

We start-off by creating our first Firebase application and integrating its services into different platforms and environments for mobile as well as web applications. Then we deep dive into Real-time Database and Firebase Storage that allows your users to access data across various devices with realtive ease. With each chapter you will gradually create the building blocks of your application from securing your data with Firebase Rules to authenticating your users with O-Auth.

Moving along we would explore modern application development techniques such as creating serverless applications with Firebase Cloud Functions or turning your traditional applications into progressive apps with Service workers.

Finally you will learn how to create cross-platform mobile apps, integrate Firebase in native platforms, and learn how to monetize your mobile applications using Admob for Android and iOS.

Style and approach

This recipe-based practical guide presents each topic with step-by-step instructions on how you can create collaborative and efficient progressive applications using the latest features and capabilities in Firebase.

Understand everything you need to know about Oracle's Integration Cloud Service and how to utilize it optimally for your businessAbout This BookThe only guide to Integration Cloud Service in the marketFocused on practical action to deliver business valueA professional's guide to an expensive product, providing comprehensive training, and showing how to extract real business value from the productWho This Book Is For

This book is ideal for any IT professional working with ICS, any Oracle application or cloud solution developer or analyst who wants to work with ICS to deliver business value.

What You Will LearnUse ICS to integrate different systems together without needing to be a developerGain understanding of what a number of technologies and standards provide – without needing to understand the fine details of those standards and technologiesUnderstand the use of connectors that Oracle provide from technology based connections such as file and database connections to SaaS solutions ranging from Salesforce to TwitterEnrich data and extend SaaS integration to route to different instancesUtilize a number of tools to help develop and check that your integrations work before connecting to live systemsIntroduce and explain integration concepts so that the integrations created are maintainable and sustainable for the longer termProvide details on how to keep up to date with the features that Oracle and partners provide in the futureGet special connections developed to work with ICSIn Detail

Businesses are built on data, and applications that access that data. In modern businesses the same cloud-based data stores and applications might be accessed by hundreds of different applications from thousands of different devices via APIs. To make this happen, APIs must be wired together i.e. integrated. Oracle Integration Cloud Service provides a complete method for integrating enterprise applications in the cloud. Integration Cloud Service (ICS) provides a cloud hosted means to integrate systems together using a graphical means to define and represent integrations.

This book will be a comprehensive, hands-on guide to building successful, high-availability integrations on ICS. This book sets out to demonstrate how ICS can be used to effectively implement integrations that work both in the cloud and on premise. It starts with a fast, practical introduction to what ICS can do for your business and then shows how ICS allows you to develop integrations not only quickly but in a way that means they are maintainable and extensible. Gradually it moves into more advanced integrations, showing how to achieve sophisticated results with ICS and work with external applications. Finally the book shows you how to monitor cloud apps and go beyond ICS to build even more powerful integrated applications.

By the end of the book, you will the knowledge on how to use ICS to solve your own integration needs and harness the technologies in a maintainable and sustainable manner.

Style and approach

This book will take a pragmatic approach and will be a business-focused guide to delivering business value with ICS.

An examination of how nonprofessional archivists, especially media fans, practice cultural preservation on the Internet and how “digital cultural memory” differs radically from print-era archiving.

The task of archiving was once entrusted only to museums, libraries, and other institutions that acted as repositories of culture in material form. But with the rise of digital networked media, a multitude of self-designated archivists—fans, pirates, hackers—have become practitioners of cultural preservation on the Internet. These nonprofessional archivists have democratized cultural memory, building freely accessible online archives of whatever content they consider suitable for digital preservation. In Rogue Archives, Abigail De Kosnik examines the practice of archiving in the transition from print to digital media, looking in particular at Internet fan fiction archives.

De Kosnik explains that media users today regard all of mass culture as an archive, from which they can redeploy content for their own creations. Hence, “remix culture” and fan fiction are core genres of digital cultural production. De Kosnik explores, among other things, the anticanonical archiving styles of Internet preservationists; the volunteer labor of online archiving; how fan archives serve women and queer users as cultural resources; archivists' efforts to attract racially and sexually diverse content; and how digital archives adhere to the logics of performance more than the logics of print. She also considers the similarities and differences among free culture, free software, and fan communities, and uses digital humanities tools to quantify and visualize the size, user base, and rate of growth of several online fan archives.

Use this hands-on guide to build powerful solutions on the Salesforce platform without using a single line of code. This revised and expanded second edition includes Process Builder, Flow Builder, Lightning App Builder, Lightning Bolt Solutions, and more.

Practical Salesforce Development Without Code shows you how to unlock the power of the Salesforce platform to solve real business problems. Adhering to Salesforce's "clicks, not code" mantra, Salesforce expert Phil Weinmeister walks Salesforce newcomers and veterans through different business problems and identifies effective—and proven—approaches to solutions using the platform's declarative framework.

By adopting this book as your guide, you will learn how to deliver business solutions within Salesforce by combining analysis, creativity, and logic with core elements such as validation rules, workflow rules, processes, flows, formula fields, and Lightning apps. In addition, Weinmeister dissects and explains the most useful functions and features for declarative developers and shows you how to use them.

Best of all, Weinmeister uses real-life business scenarios and visuals. Applying the lessons learned from this how-to guide will ultimately save you time and ensure that your clients or internal customers are enabled, equipped, and empowered.


What You'll Learn

Build objects, fields, and relationships to establish a sensible data model
Automate business processes by using Workflow, Process Builder, and Flow
Utilize functions and develop formulas effectively for a variety of business needs
Develop approval processes to handle exception scenarios
Employ actions to easily create efficient and relevant user experiences
Manage your environments and deploy your solutions

Who This Book Is for

Business analysts, Salesforce administrators, and Salesforce developers

From Techie to Boss teaches technical people who are making or mulling the transition from team player to team leader all the management techniques and soft leadership skills they never needed before—but need now, pronto. Veteran team lead and project manager Scott Cromar lays out the classical management training course, but stripped down to precisely the essentials that techies need to start managing on the fly. He gets it that a front-line techie getting a field promotion to team leader just doesn’t have the time to wade through an MBA textbook bulging with irrelevant material.

The author appreciates how you got to the place where you need this book. Management tapped you instead of some experienced manager from the outside because you know the technical challenges, company culture, and team players better than anyone else: you’re ready to hit the ground running. But the skills that make you an excellent techie are not sufficient to make you a successful manager. The rules of your world have abruptly changed. You will now be judged not by your puzzle-solving elegance but by how effectively your team contributes to the organization’s bottom line.

From Techie to Boss shows you how to translate and adapt the analytic skills that made you an outstanding techie to your new responsibilities as a technical manager. Even more crucially, this book teaches you a whole new set of interpersonal, organizational, and metrical skills you never needed before, but without which you cannot succeed as a manager.

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