The following FLOSS for science related books were published during the months of March and April 2012. After reading this post you can browse a growing catalog of books that you can acquire through our FLOSS for Science Bookstore.
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OpenSceneGraph 3 Cookbook
OpenSceneGraph is an open source 3D graphics application programming interface, used by application developers in fields such as visual simulation, computer games, virtual reality, scientific visualization, and modeling. Familiar with its concepts and APIs, and need to improve your knowledge? This book is here to help. With exactly 100 recipes, it will enrich your experience and take you to the next level.
Getting Started with RFID: Identify Objects in the Physical World with Arduino
If you want to experiment with radio frequency identification (RFID), this book is the perfect place to start. All you need is some experience with Arduino and Processing, the ability to connect basic circuits on a breadboard with jumper wire—and you’re good to go. You’ll be guided through three hands-on projects that let you experience RFID in action.
Beginning Android ADK with Arduino
Whether you’re new to Arduino and Android development, or you’ve tinkered a bit with either one, this is the book for you. Android has always been a natural fit with Arduino projects, but now that Google has released the Android Open Accessory Development Kit (the Android ADK), combining Android with Arduino to create custom gadgets has become even easier.
Beginning Android ADK with Arduino shows how the ADK works and how it can be used with a variety of Arduino boards to create a variety of fun projects that showcase the abilities of the ADK.
Machine Learning in Action
Machine Learning in Action is unique book that blends the foundational theories of machine learning with the practical realities of building tools for everyday data analysis. You’ll use the flexible Python programming language to build programs that implement algorithms for data classification, forecasting, recommendations, and higher-level features like summarization and simplification.
Programming GPS and OpenStreetMap Applications with Java: The RealObject Application Framework
Written by an expert in the development of GPS systems with digital maps and navigation, Programming GPS and OpenStreetMap Applications with Java: The RealObject Application Framework provides a concrete paradigm for object-oriented modeling and programming. It presents a thorough introduction to the use of available global positioning data for the development of applications involving digital maps.
Online Maps with APIs and WebServices (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography)
The Internet has become the major form of map delivery. The current presentation of maps is based on the use of online services. This session examines developments related to online methods of map delivery, particularly Application Programmer Interfaces (APIs) and MapServices in general, including Google Maps API and similar services. Map mashups have had a major impact on how spatial information is presented. The advantage of using a major online mapping site is that the maps represent a common and recognizable representation of the world. Overlaying features on top of these maps provides a frame of reference for the map user. A particular advantage for thematic mapping is the ability to spatially reference thematic data.
Geospatial Free and Open Source Software in the 21st Century (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography)
This book contains papers presented at the first Open Source Geospatial Research Symposium held in Nantes City, France, 8-10 July, 2009. It brings together insights and ideas in the fields of Geospatial Information and Geoinformatics. It demonstrates the scientific community dynamism related to open source and free software as well as in defining new concepts, standards or tools.
Springer Handbook of Geographic Information
Computer science provides a powerful tool that was virtually unknown three generations ago. Some of the classical fields of knowledge are geodesy (surveying), cartography, and geography. Electronics have revolutionized geodetic methods. Cartography has faced the dominance of the computer that results in simplified cartographic products. All three fields make use of basic components such as the Internet and databases. The Springer Handbook of Geographic Information is organized in three parts, Basics, Geographic Information and Applications. Some parts of the basics belong to the larger field of computer science. However, the reader gets a comprehensive view on geographic information because the topics selected from computer science have a close relation to geographic information. The Springer Handbook of Geographic Information is written for scientists at universities and industry as well as advanced and PhD students.
Open Source Based Web-GIS Technology for Voter ID Verification: A Case Study of K.K.Nagar, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Open source is an approach to design, development, and distribution offering practical accessibility to a product’s source (goods and knowledge). A Geographic Information System is a system for management, analysis, and display of geographic knowledge, which is represented using a series of information sets such as maps, geographic data sets, processing and work flow models, data models, and metadata. Electoral GIS is an important information system to find out the voters list with their residential map and their addresses to check the correct address with their location. In present time, open source initiative has gained momentum and projects are being developed using open source products. Hence, an attempt is made to develop a GIS based application tool for Voter ID address verification with their residential maps. With the help of this application, people and officials can verify the address and solve the address mismatches.
Guidebook to R Graphics Using Microsoft Windows
Throughout the book, concise explanations of key concepts of R graphics assist readers in carrying out the presented procedures, and any coverage of functions is clearly written out and displayed in the text as demos. The discussed techniques are accompanied by a wealth of screenshots and graphics with related R code available on the book’s FTP site, and numerous exercises allow readers to test their understanding of the presented material.
Guidebook to R Graphics Using Microsoft® Windows is a valuable resource for researchers in the fields of statistics, public health, business, and the life and social sciences who use or would like to learn how to use R to create visual representations of data. The book can also be used as a supplement for courses on statistical analysis at the upper-undergraduate level.
Spatial Data Analysis in Ecology and Agriculture Using R
Assuming no prior knowledge of R, Spatial Data Analysis in Ecology and Agriculture Using R provides practical instruction on the use of the R programming language to analyze spatial data arising from research in ecology and agriculture. Written in terms of four data sets easily accessible online, this book guides the reader through the analysis of each data set, including setting research objectives, designing the sampling plan, data quality control, exploratory and confirmatory data analysis, and drawing scientific conclusions.
Based on the author’s spatial data analysis course at the University of California, Davis, the book is intended for classroom use or self-study by graduate students and researchers in ecology, geography, and agricultural science with an interest in the analysis of spatial data.
Adaptive Tests of Significance Using Permutations of Residuals with R and SAS
Provides the tools needed to successfully perform adaptive tests across a broad range of datasets
Adaptive Tests of Significance Using Permutations of Residuals with R and SAS® illustrates the power of adaptive tests and showcases their ability to adjust the testing method to suit a particular set of data. The book utilizes state-of-the-art software to demonstrate the practicality and benefits for data analysis in various fields of study.
Excel and R Companion to Quantifying the User Experience: Rapid Answers to over 100 Examples and Exercises
A step-by-step guide for calculating the most common statistical procedures in user research using Excel or R. With 100 examples pulled from Quantifying the User Experience (Morgan-Kaufmann) we provide the reader with the right methods for comparing means and proportions, generating confidence intervals, finding the right sample size as well as many statistical procedures not available in common statistical packages. The procedures are relevant for small and large sample sizes.
Discovering Statistics Using R
The R version of Andy Field’s hugely popular Discovering Statistics Using SPSS takes students on a journey of statistical discovery using the freeware R. Like its sister textbook, Discovering Statistics Using R is written in an irreverent style and follows the same ground-breaking structure and pedagogical approach. The core material is enhanced by a cast of characters to help the reader on their way, hundreds of examples, self-assessment tests to consolidate knowledge, and additional website material for those wanting to learn more.s.
R for Statistics
Although there are currently a wide variety of software packages suitable for the modern statistician, R has the triple advantage of being comprehensive, widespread, and free. Published in 2008, the second edition of Statistiques avec R enjoyed great success as an R guidebook in the French-speaking world. Translated and updated, R for Statistics includes a number of expanded and additional worked examples.
Event History Analysis with R
With an emphasis on social science applications, Event History Analysis with R presents an introduction to survival and event history analysis using real-life examples. Keeping mathematical details to a minimum, the book covers key topics, including both discrete and continuous time data, parametric proportional hazards, and accelerated failure times
Floss4Science.com Interviews Vol. 1
This electronic book is the first in a series of volumes that will collect interviews and selected articles published in this site in a convenient format readable in modern e-readers or tablet devices. Images have been omitted in EPUB and MOBI (Kindle) editions to reduce the size of the book for e-readers. The PDF version contains all images and is more appropriate for tablets, laptop and desktop computers. All versions include the original URL to the article. Get it here.
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