David MacKay

Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms

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Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms

(Hardback, 640 pages, Published September 2003)

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  • Version 6.0 was released Thu 26/6/03; the book is finished. You are welcome to view the book on-screen. Version 6.0 was used for the first printing, published by C.U.P. September 2003.
  • Version 6.6 was released Mon 22/12/03; it will be used for the second printing, to be released January 2004. In this second printing, a small number of typographical errors were corrected, and the design of the book was altered slightly. Page-numbering generally remains unchanged, except in chapters 1, 6, and 28, where a few paragraphs, figures, and equations have moved around. All equation, section, and exercise numbers are unchanged.
  • Version 7.0 is the third printing (November 2004). Its only differences from the 2nd printing are a number of corrections, and the renaming of the chapter `Correlated Random Variables' to `Dependent Random Variables'.

Copyright issues: The book is copyright (c) Cambridge University Press. It has been available in bookstores since September 2003. The cover price in 2003 was 30 pounds (UK) and $50 (USA); in 2006, 35 pounds and $60 (USA).

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Draft 1.1.1 - March 14 1997.
Draft 1.2.1 - April 4 1997.
Draft 1.2.3 - April 9 1997.
Draft 1.2.4 - April 10 1997. Margins altered so as to print better on Northamerican paper
Draft 1.3.0 - December 23 1997.
Draft 1.9.0 - Feb 1 1999.
Draft 2.0.0 - Jan 6 2000. New page layout.
Draft 2.2.0 - Dec 23 2000. Fresh draft.
Draft 3.1415 - Jan 12 2003. Nearly finished.
Draft 4.0 - April 15 2003. Chapter sequence finalized.
Draft 4.1 - April 18 2003. Adding new frontmatter (Preface etc)to book. Corrected printing of letter version.
Version 6.0 - Thu 26 June 2003. Final version.
Version 6.6 - Mon 22 December 2003. Second printing.

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