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Jam

by Yahtzee Croshaw

We were prepared for an earthquake. We had a flood plan in place. We could even have dealt with zombies. Probably.But no one expected the end to be quite so... sticky... or strawberry scented.Yahtzee Croshaw (Mogworld, Zero Punctuation Reviews) returns to print with a follow-up to his smash-hit debut: Jam, a dark comedy about the one apocalypse no one predicted.* The hilarious new novel by the author of Mogworld!* Croshaw's Zero Punctuation Reviews is the most viewed video game review on the web!* For lovers of bizarre horror and unforgettable characters!"[Croshaw is] able to pull off slapstick comedy in print, and that's no easy feat." –ComicsAlliance

An Introduction to Nonlinear Analysis and Fixed Point Theory

by Hemant Kumar Pathak

This book systematically introduces the theory of nonlinear analysis, providing an overview of topics such as geometry of Banach spaces, differential calculus in Banach spaces, monotone operators, and fixed point theorems. It also discusses degree theory, nonlinear matrix equations, control theory, differential and integral equations, and inclusions. The book presents surjectivity theorems, variational inequalities, stochastic game theory and mathematical biology, along with a large number of applications of these theories in various other disciplines. Nonlinear analysis is characterised by its applications in numerous interdisciplinary fields, ranging from engineering to space science, hydromechanics to astrophysics, chemistry to biology, theoretical mechanics to biomechanics and economics to stochastic game theory. Organised into ten chapters, the book shows the elegance of the subject and its deep-rooted concepts and techniques, which provide the tools for developing more realistic and accurate models for a variety of phenomena encountered in diverse applied fields. It is intended for graduate and undergraduate students of mathematics and engineering who are familiar with discrete mathematical structures, differential and integral equations, operator theory, measure theory, Banach and Hilbert spaces, locally convex topological vector spaces, and linear functional analysis.

Flächeninanspruchnahme in Deutschland

by Martin Behnisch Gotthard Meinel Odette Kretschmer

Dieses Buch behandelt konzeptionelle und methodische Grundlagen zur Beschreibung und Erklärung der Flächennutzung und Flächenentwicklung. Ausgewählte Autorinnen und Autoren aus verschiedensten Forschungs- und Planungsinstitutionen stellen eine breite Vielfalt an aktuellen Forschungsansätzen zur Umwidmung von Freiflächen in Siedlungs- und Verkehrsflächen (Flächeninanspruchnahme) in Deutschland vor.In den einzelnen Kapiteln wird auf wichtige Fragen eingegangen: Wie messen und erklären wir Zustand und Struktur der Flächennutzung? Welche Instrumente können langfristig eine nachhaltige Flächenentwicklung unterstützen? Welche Herausforderungen bestehen für das Flächenmanagement im ländlichen Raum? Welche Einflussgrößen prägen die Siedlungsstruktur und Siedlungsentwicklung in Deutschland? Das Buch richtet sich an alle, die sich für den schonenden Umgang mit der begrenzten Ressource Boden, die räumliche Struktur und Entwicklung der Flächeninanspruchnahme, das komplexe Ursachenbündel der Siedlungs- und Verkehrsflächenentwicklung und die Instrumente einer nachhaltigen und klimagerechten Flächennutzungsentwicklung interessieren.

Contextual Cognition

by Agustín Ibáñez Adolfo M. García

This Brief introduces two empirically grounded models of situated mental phenomena: contextual social cognition (the collection of psychological processes underlying context-dependent social behavior) and action-language coupling (the integration of ongoing actions with movement-related verbal information). It combines behavioral, neuroscientific, and neuropsychiatric perspectives to forge a novel view of contextual influences on active, multi-domain processes. Chapters highlight the models' translational potential for the clinical field by focusing on diseases compromising social cognition (mainly illustrated by behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia) and motor skills (crucially, Parkinson’s disease). A final chapter sets forth metatheoretical considerations regarding intercognition, the constant binding of processes triggered by environmental and body-internal sources, which confers a sensus communis to our experience. In addition, the book includes two commentaries written by external peers pondering on advantages and limits of the proposal. Contextual Cognition will be of interest to students, teachers, and researchers from the fields of cognitive science, neurology, psychiatry, neuroscience, psychology, behavioral science, linguistics, and philosophy.

Liquid Crystal Colloids

by Igor Muševič

This book brings together the many concepts and discoveries in liquid crystal colloids contributed over the last twenty years and scattered across numerous articles and book chapters. It provides both a historical overview of the development of the field and a clear perspective on the future applications in photonics. The book covers all phenomena observed in liquid crystal colloids with an emphasis on experimental tools and applications of topology in condensed matter, as well as practical micro-photonics applications. It includes a number of spectacular manifestations of new topological phenomena not found or difficult to observe in other systems. Starting from the early works on nematic colloids, it explains the basics of topological defects in ordered media, charge and winding, and the elastic forces between colloidal particles in nematics. Following a detailed description of experimental methods, such as optical tweezing and particle tracking, the book eases the reader into the theoretical part, which deals with elastic deformation of nematic liquid crystals due to inclusions and surface alignment. This is discussed in the context of basic mean field Landau-de Gennes Q-tensor theory, with a brief explanation of the free-energy minimization numerical methods. There then follows an excursion into the topology of complex nematic colloidal structures, colloidal entanglement, knotting and linking. Nematic droplets, shells, handlebodies and chiral topological structures are addressed in separate chapters. The book concludes with an extensive chapter on the photonic properties of nematic dispersions, presenting the concept of integrated soft matter photonics and discussing the concepts of nematic and chiral nematic microlasers, surface-sensitive photonic devices and smectic microfibers. The text is complemented by a large bibliography, explanatory sketches and beautiful micrographs.

The IF in Life: How to Get Off Life’s Sidelines and Become Your Best Self

by Michael Strahan Rashad Jennings

In his first ever book, The IF in Life: How to Get Off Life’s Sidelines and Become Your Best Self, NFL running back and Dancing with the Stars champion Rashad Jennings shares his inspiring story and experiences, imparts practical advice, and encourages readers to follow their dreams.As a kid, Rashad Jennings dreamed of one day playing in the NFL, but the odds were stacked against him—he was an overweight kid with glasses, asthma, and a 0.6 GPA. Today, Rashad is a record-setting running back who has played with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Oakland Raiders, and the New York Giants.In The IF in Life, Rashad writes about the decisions that shaped his life. From overcoming injuries and setbacks to reaching goals and everything in between, Rashad’s transparency about his journey will encourage readers to hold on to faith in the midst of uncertainty and win big in life.Perfect for football fans of all ages, this book also features photos from Rashad’s childhood, college years, and professional career.

Der Anti-Stress-Trainer für Assistenzen

by Peter Buchenau Marit Zenk

Dieses Buch aus der Anti-Stress-Trainer Reihe ist die Erlösung für gestresste Assistenzen, die im Drehkreuz Sekretariat mit zig Bällen jonglieren. Spüren Sie den Druck, dem Sie unterliegen? Sei perfekt, sei stark, sei nett, sei schnell oder streng dich an - welcher Antreiber steckt in Ihnen? Zu Zeiten von 4.0 braucht selbst die modernste und versierteste Assistenz eine gute Strategie, um in der digital-verrückten Welt zu bestehen. Und zwar gesund! Lassen Sie sich Ihrer Illusionen „Jemals fertig zu werden“ und „Alles muss perfekt sein“ berauben. Neben dem erklärten Dilemma der Assistenz gibt es viele wertvolle Tipps zum Umgang mit Stress. Gepaart mit amüsanten Bildern, Sprüchen und Weisheiten bringt die Autorin Sie sicher zum Schmunzeln! Lassen Sie sich von Marit Zenk mit auf die Reise in Ihre Welt nehmen.

The Prize (Claiming Her #3)

by Becca Jameson

She knows her submissive tendencies aren’t enough to forge a permanent bond… He accepts the challenge and aims to change her mind…On the outside, Meagan Hollister appears to have it all—including a successful career. On the inside, a fifteen-year-old secret torments her, and the horrors she faced as a child are about to come back to haunt her.Parker Darwin has been pursuing Meagan since the day they met. Though they’ve shared several steamy encounters, when he pushes for commitment—and submission in the bedroom—she runs cold. Meagan’s past catches up fast and, terrified, she goes into hiding, feeding Parker only the vaguest of details. He has fallen hard. Even her reluctance to give herself over to him doesn’t hide her naturally submissive tendencies. But she holds her secrets close. When all hell breaks loose, she insists on handling her problems alone. She can’t imagine a life that includes Parker—not permanently anyway. The hurdles are too high. The damage to her psyche is too extensive. But will Parker accept Meagan’s insistent denial? Or will he breach her walls and show her another possibility?

The Game (Claiming Her #2)

by Becca Jameson

Her objective is to rein in the pieces of her fractured life... His objective is to rein her in and fix it all for her…Cheyenne Decard has carried a smoldering torch for Riley Moreno for six months. She isn’t sure if she wants to ignite him with the flame and watch him burn for leaving her hanging that night or strip off her clothes and beg him to set her skin on fire. Either way, she isn’t prepared to face him at her company fundraiser. Riley Moreno has been kicking himself for leaving Cheyenne high and dry that night six months ago. It wasn’t as if he’d had another option. She was way too innocent for his tastes, and she was the best friend of his buddy’s fiancée. Off limits. However, he hasn’t stopped thinking about what it would be like to dominate her delectable body. Cheyenne’s life is finally coming together. She has a great marketing job she loves and has moved into her own apartment in downtown Atlanta. What she doesn’t need is to get mixed up with the man who has infiltrated her dreams and forced her to invest in far too many batteries. Riley has baggage she’d rather not penetrate—namely his ex-fiancée, Christine. But that crazy woman has returned to wreak havoc in Riley’s life and all those who get in her path. She’s moved to Atlanta, taken a job, and made it her mission to win Riley back into her good graces. Cheyenne is going to need some thick skin and a spine made of steel if she wants to make things work with Riley and keep her sanity at the same time. Her entire life is falling apart around the seams while she grasps at thin tendrils of sanity. Riley has a tough decision to make. Should he risk going behind Cheyenne’s back to stop his ex from ruining his tenuous new relationship? And will his efforts prove futile when Cheyenne finds out he ignored her pleas to let her handle things on her own?

Wolf Trinity

by Becca Jameson

Emma is a wolf-shifter on the run from humans who killed her parents fifteen years ago. When she steps on an old trap in the Tennessee woods, she is truly screwed. Hungry and tired from weeks of running, she assumes she’s going to die. Liam and Jaden are also wolf-shifters. They’re staying in a cabin in the wilderness for the summer, hoping to spend lazy months enhancing their own relationship and escaping women altogether. But Fate has other plans in the form of a trapped female wolf near their cabin. Not only is she injured and mysteriously alone, but they realize she’s their mate. As Emma recovers from a broken leg, pheromones fill the tiny cabin, suffocating them all with the need to mate. But Emma has an agenda: run for her life and keep these two male shifters from succumbing to the same fate she is destined for—death. And Liam and Jaden have their own problems. They are concerned about what will happen to their own relationship if they claim the gorgeous female occupying their bed. They can’t be certain she will accept their need to be with each other as well as her. More importantly, they fear she will flee at the first opportunity, leaving the two men with holes in their hearts.

Out of the Smoke

by Becca Jameson

Elizabeth9/11. Horror fills the streets of New York City. She fights her way toward the burning twin towers. She has to get to work. Her husband will kill her if she blows this job. Literally. Fear crawls up her spine as she is pushed farther from the destruction. She has no cell service. The towers collapse. She is supposed to be inside. She. Is. Supposed. To. Be. Inside…No one knows she’s not at work…Now is her chance to escape. He can never hurt her again. She is dead. AlanHe’s sworn off women. All they care about is spending his money and running his life. Besides, opening his own law firm out of his home is keeping him busy. Hiring a cleaning lady is a necessity. However, he‘s unprepared for the timid woman who shows up at his door. She tugs at his heart. She’s not like anyone else he’s dated. She doesn’t care about his money. But, she has secrets. So many skeletons. Her past is chasing her. Her demons are in the way. She won’t let him help. She’s worth the effort though. He just needs to be patient.

Blind with Love

by Becca Jameson

Kristen Nickels has reluctantly agreed to a blind date with her best friend's brother—literally blind. The timing couldn't be worse, however. She’s leaving town soon to face a difficult medical decision—a secret she has shared with no one but her boss.Chase Edwards has been blind since the age of eight. He’s currently waiting on a cornea transplant. He has wanted his sister, Margo, to set him up with her friend Kristen for quite some time, and he’s far from disappointed. The two experience instant chemistry and spend a glorious evening together. In a whirlwind twist of fate, Chase gets the long-awaited call in the middle of the night that corneas are available, and Kristen rushes him to the hospital, only to disappear without a trace during his surgery. Baffled by her departure, Margo instigates a search for Kristen while Chase recovers from his transplant. But will her detective skills prove to be enough? The unexpected ending will twist the heartstrings.

The Rules: A Claiming Her Novel (Claiming Her #1)

by Becca Jameson

He has his rules. But she has some of her own… Amelia Kensington is ready to climb the corporate ladder. She finished her MBA and landed her dream job in downtown Atlanta. She has to work her way from the bottom up, but she’s more than willing. Until she meets the owner of the company. In less than five minutes, her new boss manages to flip her world upside down with his panty-dampening mannerisms and shockingly good looks. Cade Alexander can’t believe his good fortune. The stunningly beautiful woman recently hired as one of his company’s assistants is not only sexy as hell, but the perfect submissive. She doesn’t know this yet, but he intends to show her. And he isn’t a patient man. He means to lure her into his world with all haste. As a Dom, Cade has his rules. But the woman of his dreams isn’t a pushover. She has her own rules. Blending an average middle-class woman with the upper echelon isn’t an easy feat. Cade’s world may prove to be more than Amelia can tolerate. Some complications are insurmountable. Others are unforgivable…

Designing Sustainable Energy for All: Sustainable Product-service System Design Applied To Distributed Renewable Energy (Green Energy And Technology Ser.)

by Jan Carel Diehl Fabrizio Ceschin Carlo Vezzoli Lilac Osanjo Mugendi K. M’Rithaa Richie Moalosi Venny Nakazibwe

This open access book addresses the issue of diffusing sustainable energy access inlow- and middle-income contexts.Access to energy is one of the greatest challenges for many people living in low-income and developing contexts, as around 1.4 billion people lack access to electricity.Distributed Renewable Energy systems (DRE) are considered a promising approachto address this challenge and provide energy access to all. However, even if promising,the implementation of DRE systems is not always straightforward.The book analyses, discusses and classifies the promising Sustainable Product-ServiceSystem (S.PSS) business models to deliver Distributed Renewable Energy systems in aneffective, efficient and sustainable way. Its message is supported with cases studies andexamples, discussing the economic, environmental and socioethical benefits as wellas its limitations and barriers to its implementation. An innovative design approach isproposed and a set of design tools are supplied, enabling readers to create and developSustainable Product-Service System (S.PSS) solutions to deliver Distributed RenewableEnergy systems.Practical applications of the book’s design approach and tools by companies andpractitioners are discussed and the book will be of interest to readers in design, industry,governmental institutions, NGOs as well as researchers.

Shanghai Diary

by Various Ursula Bacon

By the late 1930s, Europe sat on the brink of a world war. As the holocaust approached, many Jewish families in Germany fled to one of the only open port available to them: Shanghai. Once called "the armpit of the world," Shanghai ultimately served as the last resort for tens of thousands of Jews desperate to escape Hitler's "Final Solution." Against this backdrop, 11-year-old Ursula Bacon and her family made the difficult 8,000-mile voyage to Shanghai, with its promise of safety. But instead of a storybook China, they found overcrowded streets teeming with peddlers, beggars, opium dens, and prostitutes. Amid these abysmal conditions, Ursula learned of her own resourcefulness and found within herself the fierce determination to survive.

Dirty Deeds (Cole McGinnis Mysteries #4)

by Rhys Ford

Sequel to Dirty LaundryA Cole McGinnis MysterySheila Pinelli needed to be taken out. Former cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis never considered committing murder. But six months ago, when Jae-Min's blood filled his hands and death came knocking at his lover's door, killing Sheila Pinelli became a definite possibility. While Sheila lurks in some hidden corner of Los Angeles, Jae and Cole share a bed, a home, and most of all, happiness. They'd survived Jae's traditional Korean family disowning him and plan on building a new life--preferably one without the threat of Sheila's return hanging over them. Thanks to the Santa Monica police mistakenly releasing Sheila following a loitering arrest, Cole finally gets a lead on Sheila's whereabouts. That is, until the trail goes crazy and he's thrown into a tangle of drugs, exotic women, and more death. Regardless of the case going sideways, Cole is determined to find the woman he once loved as a sister and get her out of their lives once and for all.Sensual Reads Reviewers' Choice Suspense Award 2014 2015 eFestival Best of the Independent eBook Awards Nominee

Physics of the Human Body. Lose Weight for Good.

by PEDRO HUGO GARCÍA PELÁEZ Morwenna Fellows

The best book for losing weight without dieting. Do not let them fool you. 90% of weight loss books are a con or are based on pointless diets. This is a scientific method that works perfectly, that has been calibrated over years and approved by different committees of doctors in physics. This is the only book that applies the laws of physics to weight loss.

In the Field of Grace

by Tessa Afshar

Two women. All alone. With no provision. . . Can they find hope in a foreign land? Ruth leaves her home with a barren womb and an empty future after losing her husband. She forsakes her abusive parents and follows the woman she has grown to love as a true parent, her late husband's mother, Naomi. Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi's love. She is destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God. But God has great plans for her. While everyone considers Ruth an unworthy outsider, she is shocked to find the owner of the field--one of the wealthiest and most honored men of Judah--is showing her favor. Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz finds himself irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the dark, haunted eyes. He tells himself he is only being kind to his cousin Naomi's chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her from harm, but his heart knows better. Obstacles. Heartache. Withered dreams. How can God forge love, passion, and new hope between two such different people?

The Wetland Book: Distribution, Description, And Conservation

by Mark Everard Beth A. Middleton C. Max Finlayson Nick C. Davidson Kenneth Irvine Robert J. McInnes Anne A. van Dam

The Wetland Book is a comprehensive resource aimed at supporting the trans- and multidisciplinary research and practice which is inherent to this field. Aware both that wetlands research is on the rise and that researchers and students are often working or learning across several disciplines, The Wetland Book is a readily accessible online and print reference which will be the first port of call on key concepts in wetlands science and management. This easy-to-follow reference will allow multidisciplinary teams and transdisciplinary individuals to look up terms, access further details, read overviews on key issues and navigate to key articles selected by experts

Sincerity in Medieval English Language and Literature (New Approaches To English Historical Linguistics Ser.)

by Graham Williams

This book traces the development of the ideal of sincerity from its origins in Anglo-Saxon monasteries to its eventual currency in fifteenth-century familiar letters. Beginning by positioning sincerity as an ideology at the intersection of historical pragmatics and the history of emotions, the author demonstrates how changes in the relationship between outward expression and inward emotions changed English language and literature. While the early chapters reveal that the notion of sincerity was a Christian intervention previously absent from Germanic culture, the latter part of the book provides more focused studies of contrition and love. In doing so, the author argues that under the rubric of courtesy these idealized emotions influenced English in terms of its everyday pragmatics and literary style. This fascinating volume will be of broad interest to scholars of medieval language, literature and culture.

Competition Law and Economic Regulation in Southern Africa: Addressing Market Power in Southern Africa

by Jonathan Klaaren Simon Roberts Imraan Valodia Anthea Paelo Genna Robb

Shaping markets through competition and economic regulation is at the heart of addressing the development challenges facing countries in southern Africa. The contributors to Competition Law and Economic Regulation: Addressing Market Power in southern Africa critically assess the efficacy of the competition and economic regulation frameworks, including the impact of a number of the regional competition authorities in a range of sectors throughout southern Africa. Featuring academics as well as practitioners in the field, the book addresses issues common to southern African countries, where markets are small and concentrated, with particularly high barriers to entry, and where the resources to enforce legislation against anti-competitive conduct are limited. What is needed, the contributors argue, is an understanding of competition and regional integration as part of an inclusive growth agenda for Africa. By examining competition and regulation in a single framework, and viewing this within the southern African experience, this volume adds new perspectives to the global competition literature. It is an essential reference tool and will be of great interest to policymakers and regulators, as well as the rapidly growing ecosystem of legal practitioners and economists engaged in the field.

Hands-On Blockchain with Hyperledger: Building decentralized applications with Hyperledger Fabric and Composer

by Salman Baset Luc Desrosiers Nitin Gaur Petr Novotny Anthony O’Dowd Venkatraman Ramakrishna

Leverage the power of Hyperledger Fabric to develop Blockchain-based distributed ledgers with ease Key FeaturesWrite your own chaincode/smart contracts using Golang on hyperledger networkBuild and deploy decentralized applications (DApps)Dive into real world blockchain challenges such as integration and scalabilityBook DescriptionBBlockchain and Hyperledger technologiesare hot topics today. Hyperledger Fabric and Hyperledger Composer are open source projects that help organizations create private, permissioned blockchain networks. These find application in finance, banking, supply chain, and IoT among several other sectors. This book will be an easy reference to explore and build blockchain networks using Hyperledger technologies.The book starts by outlining the evolution of blockchain, including an overview of relevant blockchain technologies. You will learn how to configure Hyperledger Fabric and become familiar with its architectural components. Using these components, you will learn to build private blockchain networks, along with the applications that connect to them. Starting from principles first, you’ll learn to design and launch a network, implement smart contracts in chaincode and much more. By the end of this book, you will be able to build and deploy your own decentralized applications, handling the key pain points encountered in the blockchain life cycle.What you will learnDiscover why blockchain is a game changer in the technology landscapeSet up blockchain networks using basic Hyperledger Fabric deploymentUnderstand the considerations for creating decentralized applicationsLearn to integrate business networks with existing systemsWrite Smart Contracts quickly with Hyperledger ComposerDesign transaction model and chaincode with GolangDeploy Composer REST Gateway to access the Composer transactionsMaintain, monitor, and govern your blockchain solutionsWho this book is forThe book benefits business leaders as it provides a comprehensive view on blockchain business models, governance structure, and business design considerations of blockchain solutions. Technology leaders stand to gain a lot from the detailed discussion around the technology landscape, technology design, and architecture considerations in the book. With model-driven application development, this guide will speed up understanding and concept development for blockchain application developers. The simple and well organized content will put novices at ease with blockchain concepts and constructs.

Hands-On Full Stack Development with Spring Boot 2.0 and React: Build modern and scalable full stack applications using the Java-based Spring Framework 5.0 and React

by Juha Hinkula

Develop efficient and modern full-stack applications using Spring Boot and React 16Key Features Develop resourceful backends using Spring Boot and faultless frontends using React. Explore the techniques involved in creating a full-stack app by going through a methodical approach. Learn to add CRUD functionalities and use Material UI in the user interface to make it more user-friendly.Book DescriptionApart from knowing how to write frontend and backend code, a full-stack engineer has to tackle all the problems that are encountered in the application development life cycle, starting from a simple idea to UI design, the technical design, and all the way to implementing, testing, production, deployment, and monitoring. This book covers the full set of technologies that you need to know to become a full-stack web developer with Spring Boot for the backend and React for the frontend. This comprehensive guide demonstrates how to build a modern full-stack application in practice. This book will teach you how to build RESTful API endpoints and work with the data access Layer of Spring, using Hibernate as the ORM. As we move ahead, you will be introduced to the other components of Spring, such as Spring Security, which will teach you how to secure the backend. Then, we will move on to the frontend, where you will be introduced to React, a modern JavaScript library for building fast and reliable user interfaces, and its app development environment and components.You will also create a Docker container for your application. Finally, the book will lay out the best practices that underpin professional full-stack web development.What you will learn Create a RESTful web service with Spring Boot Understand how to use React for frontend programming Gain knowledge of how to create unit tests using JUnit Discover the techniques that go into securing the backend using Spring Security Learn how to use Material UI in the user interface to make it more user-friendly Create a React app by using the Create React App starter kit made by FacebookWho this book is forJava developers who are familiar with Spring, but have not yet built full-stack applications

Deep Reinforcement Learning Hands-On: Apply modern RL methods, with deep Q-networks, value iteration, policy gradients, TRPO, AlphaGo Zero and more

by Maxim Lapan

This practical guide will teach you how deep learning (DL) can be used to solve complex real-world problems. Key Features Explore deep reinforcement learning (RL), from the first principles to the latest algorithms Evaluate high-profile RL methods, including value iteration, deep Q-networks, policy gradients, TRPO, PPO, DDPG, D4PG, evolution strategies and genetic algorithms Keep up with the very latest industry developments, including AI-driven chatbotsBook DescriptionRecent developments in reinforcement learning (RL), combined with deep learning (DL), have seen unprecedented progress made towards training agents to solve complex problems in a human-like way. Google’s use of algorithms to play and defeat the well-known Atari arcade games has propelled the field to prominence, and researchers are generating new ideas at a rapid pace. Deep Reinforcement Learning Hands-On is a comprehensive guide to the very latest DL tools and their limitations. You will evaluate methods including Cross-entropy and policy gradients, before applying them to real-world environments. Take on both the Atari set of virtual games and family favorites such as Connect4. The book provides an introduction to the basics of RL, giving you the know-how to code intelligent learning agents to take on a formidable array of practical tasks. Discover how to implement Q-learning on ‘grid world’ environments, teach your agent to buy and trade stocks, and find out how natural language models are driving the boom in chatbots.What you will learn Understand the DL context of RL and implement complex DL models Learn the foundation of RL: Markov decision processes Evaluate RL methods including Cross-entropy, DQN, Actor-Critic, TRPO, PPO, DDPG, D4PG and others Discover how to deal with discrete and continuous action spaces in various environments Defeat Atari arcade games using the value iteration method Create your own OpenAI Gym environment to train a stock trading agent Teach your agent to play Connect4 using AlphaGo Zero Explore the very latest deep RL research on topics including AI-driven chatbotsWho this book is forSome fluency in Python is assumed. Basic deep learning (DL) approaches should be familiar to readers and some practical experience in DL will be helpful. This book is an introduction to deep reinforcement learning (RL) and requires no background in RL.

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