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Predictive Analytics

by Thomas H. Davenport Eric Siegel

"The Freakonomics of big data."--Stein Kretsinger, founding executive of Advertising.com; former lead analyst at Capital OneThis book is easily understood by all readers. Rather than a "how to" for hands-on techies, the book entices lay-readers and experts alike by covering new case studies and the latest state-of-the-art techniques.You have been predicted -- by companies, governments, law enforcement, hospitals, and universities. Their computers say, "I knew you were going to do that!" These institutions are seizing upon the power to predict whether you're going to click, buy, lie, or die.Why? For good reason: predicting human behavior combats financial risk, fortifies healthcare, conquers spam, toughens crime fighting, and boosts sales.How? Prediction is powered by the world's most potent, booming unnatural resource: data. Accumulated in large part as the by-product of routine tasks, data is the unsalted, flavorless residue deposited en masse as organizations churn away. Surprise! This heap of refuse is a gold mine. Big data embodies an extraordinary wealth of experience from which to learn.Predictive analytics unleashes the power of data. With this technology, the computer literally learns from data how to predict the future behavior of individuals. Perfect prediction is not possible, but putting odds on the future -- lifting a bit of the fog off our hazy view of tomorrow -- means pay dirt.In this rich, entertaining primer, former Columbia University professor and Predictive Analytics World founder Eric Siegel reveals the power and perils of prediction:What type of mortgage risk Chase Bank predicted before the recession.Predicting which people will drop out of school, cancel a subscription, or get divorced before they are even aware of it themselves.Why early retirement decreases life expectancy and vegetarians miss fewer flights.Five reasons why organizations predict death, including one health insurance company.How U.S. Bank, European wireless carrier Telenor, and Obama's 2012 campaign calculated the way to most strongly influence each individual.How IBM's Watson computer used predictive modeling to answer questions and beat the human champs on TV's Jeopardy!How companies ascertain untold, private truths -- how Target figures out you're pregnant and Hewlett-Packard deduces you're about to quit your job.How judges and parole boards rely on crime-predicting computers to decide who stays in prison and who goes free.What's predicted by the BBC, Citibank, ConEd, Facebook, Ford, Google, IBM, the IRS, Match.com, MTV, Netflix, Pandora, PayPal, Pfizer, and Wikipedia. A truly omnipresent science, predictive analytics affects everyone, every day. Although largely unseen, it drives millions of decisions, determining whom to call, mail, investigate, incarcerate, set up on a date, or medicate.Predictive analytics transcends human perception. This book's final chapter answers the riddle: What often happens to you that cannot be witnessed, and that you can't even be sure has happened afterward -- but that can be predicted in advance?Whether you are a consumer of it -- or consumed by it -- get a handle on the power of Predictive Analytics.

Prefab Architecture

by Smith Ryan E.

"Prefab Architecture . . . is beyond theory, and beyond most of what we think we know about pods, containers, mods, and joints. This book is more than 'Prefabrication 101. ' It is the Joy of Cooking writ large for the architecture and construction industries. " --From the Foreword by James Timberlake, FAIA The definitive reference on prefab architecture for architects and construction professionals Written for architects and related design and construction professionals, Prefab Architecture is a guide to off-site construction, presenting the opportunities and challenges associated with designing and building with components, panels, and modules. It presents the drawbacks of building in situ (on-site) and demonstrates why prefabrication is the smarter choice for better integration of products and processes, more efficient delivery, and realizing more value in project life cycles. In addition, Prefab Architecture provides: A selected history of prefabrication from the Industrial Revolution to current computer numerical control, and a theory of production from integrated processes to lean manufacturing Coverage on the tradeoffs of off-site fabrication including scope, schedule, and cost with the associated principles of labor, risk, and quality Up-to-date products featuring examples of prefabricated structure, enclosure, service, and interior building systems Documentation on the constraints and execution of manufacturing, factory production, transportation, and assembly Dozens of recent examples of prefab projects by contemporary architects and fabricators including KieranTimberlake, SHoP Architects, Office dA, Michelle Kaufmann, and many others In Prefab Architecture, the fresh approaches toward creating buildings that accurately convey mature and expanded green building methodologies make this book an important voice for adopting change in a construction industry entrenched in traditions of the past.

Preface to Introduction to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy

by Karl Marx

The economic conditions of existence of the three great classes into which modern bourgeois society is divided are analysed under the first three headings; the interconnection of the other three headings is self-evident.

Preface to Major Barbara: First Aid to Critics

by George Bernard Shaw

preface of the Play "Major Barbara"

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

by Penny Simkin Ann Keppler Janet Walley

If you buy only pregnancy book, this is it because... It's the most complete. It covers all aspects of childbearing, from conception through early infancy, and tells you what to expect. It offers detailed information, suggestions, and advice to help make pregnancy, childbirth, and new parenthood an enjoyable, healthy experience. It's the most up-to-date. It presents the latest research-based information on interventions during childbirth, revised statistics and discussion on cesarean birth, and new advice to help you make informed decisions about your care. It's the most authoritative, yet easy to use. A completely new design makes the information accessible, well organized, and easy to read. It includes engaging photos, illustrations, and boxed features that highlight important information.Mom's Choice Awards Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn (2010) - GOLD AWARD: Pregnancy & Childbirth; iParenting Media Awards Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn (2009) - Best Products Winner: Book; Living Now Book Awards Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide (2009) - Family (Parenting/Health/Safety): BRONZE AWARD; National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn (2009) - GOLD AWARD: Parenting Resources; USABookNews.com Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn (2009) - WINNER: Parenting/Family: Pregnancy & Childbirth; ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn (2008) - FINALIST: Parenting

Pregnancy Do's And Don'ts: The Smart Woman's A-Z Pocket Companion for a Safe and Sound Pregnancy

by Elisabeth A. Aron

For when you need the facts--not fear--about what food, drinks, activities, and procedures you should avoid during each month of your pregnancy. Over the years, Dr. Elisabeth Aron has soothed the worries of many soon-to-be moms who have come to her with questions such as: * Can I exercise during my first trimester? * Is canned tuna safe to eat throughout my pregnancy? * Do self-tanners contain chemicals I should be worried about? * I have to fly for work during my second trimester. Is this safe? * Is cookie-dough ice cream safe to eat? * Can I wear an underwire bra during my pregnancy? * I'm six months pregnant. Is it alright for me to have a glycolic peel facial? * Are peanuts safe to eat or will my baby develop a peanut allergy if I eat too many? * There is a lot of chlorine in my health club's pool. Is that a good or bad thing? Pregnancy Do's and Don'tsincludes hundreds of entries on possible concerns--from apple cider to zinc and everything in between. In each entry, Dr. Aron identifies the item, the possible cause for concern, and explains the bottom line--whether it is something a woman should avoid completely, something to take a better-safe-than-sorry approach toward, or something that is perfectly fine.

Pregnancy in the Obese Woman

by Deborah Conway

Obesity is becoming an increasing global healthcare challenge, and overweight expecting mothers are at risk of complications during their pregnancy. This unique clinical focused book covers evidence-based practices for obstetricians and assists them as they care for both the fetus as well as the mother-to-be if a critical circumstance develops during the pregnancy.

The Pregnancy Journal

by Greg Stadler A. Christine Harris

This classic contains the latest medical information on both mom's health and baby's development. This best-selling journal is packed with daily entries that feature tips, advice, and plenty of room for personal reflection. This one-of-a-kind journal is the ultimate resource for today's expecting mother.

Pregnancy Planner

by Editors of Parenting Magazine

From the experts at Parenting magazine comes this essential planner that's both an informative guide to pregnancy and a keepsake journal for moms-to-be. Organized week by week and packed with insights from experienced moms along with helpful charts and checklists, Pregnancy Planner offers practical and emotional support. With detailed advice on diet, exercise, sex, and sleep as well as tips on what gear to buy, this invaluable resource is the perfect planner for expecting moms.

Pregnancy Sucks

by Joanne Kimes Sanford A. Tisherman

Pregnancy Sucks, by Joanne Kimes and Sanford A. Tisherman, M. D. , gives you real solutions to all the annoying and somewhat awkward situations that can unexpectedly arise during your pregnancy.

Pregnancy Sucks

by Joanne Kimes

Pregnancy Sucks, by Joanne Kimes and Sanford A. Tisherman, M. D. , gives you real solutions to all the annoying and somewhat awkward situations that can unexpectedly arise during your pregnancy.

The Pregnancy Surprise

by Caroline Anderson

Baby Out of the Blue Pregnant? Impossible! But somehow it's true. Maisie McDowell is about to become a single mom - with no knowledge of how she got that way.... Dr. James Sutherland's patients usually suspected they were pregnant, but Maisie seemed honestly bewildered by the news. Luckily James is also Maisie's neighbor, and able to offer her support...and more. But after all Maisie has been through, how can he put himself first and tell her that all he wants is to marry her and be a father to her unborn child...?

Pregnant and Protected

by Lilian Darcy

For months, heiress Lauren Van Schuyler didn't know the identity of the man who'd saved her life and that of her unborn child. He'd kept her calm and safe, then slipped away in the chaos of their rescue. But when she met her new bodyguard, Daniel Lachlan, her pulse leaped and her heart cried out, It's him!The handsome single father of twins tried to keep things strictly professional between them. Yet in Daniel's care, Lauren felt secure and cherished as never before. As her body blossomed, so did her feelings for her reluctant hero. Could Daniel's honorable intentions stand up to the fiery mom-to-be's determination to follow her heart. . . right into Daniel's arms?

Pregnant at the Wedding

by Sara Orwig

Pregnant after their one unforgettable night together, Ashley Smith knew she must tell Ryan Warner she was carrying his child. And when he insisted upon marriage, she reluctantly agreed. But it was for the baby's sake. . . she could care less about his wealth, his power, his position. Ryan was used to being pursued for his money. . . yet his new bride claimed to have no ulterior motives. With the passion so intense between them, dare Ryan take a chance on the woman about to give him his billion-dollar heir?

The Pregnant Athlete

by Mcintosh Perry Brandi Dion Steven Dion Joel Heller

Women who are serious about sports-those who compete or perform as runners, triathletes, cyclists, swimmers, as well as those who are serious weekend warriors-often face concerns and misinformation when they want to maintain a high level of fitness throughout their pregnancy. The Pregnant Athlete offers a wealth of practical myth-busting information for these women.Written by Brandi Dion, a triathlete, personal trainer, and mom; Steve Dion, a university professor of health and exercise science; and Dr. Joel Heller, an obstetrician-gynecologist whose patients include marathoners, triathletes, and fitness instructors; this book includes details on physical changes per trimester and gauging your own limits, guidelines for specific sports and flexible workout plans for maximum health, nutrition facts and tips, reassuring medical insights, the truth about old wives' tales, and inspiring stories from other pregnant athletes.

Pregnant: Father Needed

by Barbara Mcmahon

Seeing that unmistakably blue line staring up at her from a pregnancy test should have been the happiest day of Amber Woodworth's life. But it was also the same day she discovered she was a widow....<P> Now Amber is making a new life for herself, as an independent, single mom-to-be. Her new neighbor, Adam Carruthers, is a sexy fireman who's devoted his life to rescuing people. Amber's determined not to get involved again -- especially with a man who puts his life on the line -- every day....

The Pregnant Male as Myth and Metaphor in Classical Greek Literature

by David D. Leitao

This book traces the image of the pregnant male in Greek literature as it evolved over the course of the classical period. The image - as deployed in myth and in metaphor - originated as a representation of paternity and, by extension, 'authorship' of ideas, works of art, legislation, and the like. Only later, with its reception in philosophy in the early fourth century, did it also become a way to figure and negotiate the boundary between the sexes. The book considers a number of important moments in the evolution of the image: the masculinist embryological theory of Anaxagoras of Clazomenae and other fifth century pre-Socratics; literary representations of the birth of Dionysus; the origin and functions of pregnancy as a metaphor in tragedy, comedy and works of some Sophists; and finally the redeployment of some of these myths and metaphors in Aristophanes' Assemblywomen and in Plato's Symposium and Theaetetus.

The Pregnant Ms. Potter

by Millie Criswell

Pregnant and alone, Maddy Potter knew marriage wasn t in her near future--certainly not to Pete Taggart. The rude, arrogant--and she d admit, protectively sexy--rancher would never ask her! Just because the handsome widower rescued her from a blizzard and she d slept under his heirloom quilt for two nights did not mean anything would happen between them. Surely the quilt s legend wasn t real...? Pete had reasons for maintaining his status as one of Sweetheart, Colorado s most eligible bachelors. But seeing Maddy blossom with pregnancy shook him to the soul. A woman shouldn t be alone at a time like that. And he didn t have to love her to give her his name...did he?

Pregnant Pause

by Carrie Friedman

Pre-partum Depression Rule #1: Never Wear an Empire-Waisted Dress to a Baby Shower If you've been asked the question "When are you going to have a baby?" so many times that you feel as though your uterus is starring in a new reality TV show, this hilarious, insightful book is for you. Carrie Friedman shares her daily struggles with what she calls her "pre-partum depression"--from baby lust to panic, and everything in between. Fending off the "dreaded question" from everyone, including her yoga teacher, and navigating the minefield of toddler birthday parties, as well as creating her own faux baby registry under an assumed name, Carrie Friedman captures the process of deciding to have a baby with humor and smarts. If you're looking for refuge from prying questions, pet substitution, and the call of your biological clock, this book is a hilarious diversion. "--Adrianne Frost, I Hate Other People's Kids "An absolute delight!"--Jamie Cat Callan, French Women Don't Sleep Alone

Pregnant Pause

by Han Nolan

A thought-provoking and courageous new novel by National Book Award winner Han Nolan. Nobody gets away with telling Eleanor Crowe what to do. But as a pregnant sixteenyear-old, her options are limited: move to Kenya with her missionary parents or marry the baby's father and work at his family's summer camp for overweight kids. Despite her initial reluctance to help out, Elly is surprised that she actually enjoys working with the campers. But a tragedy on the very day her baby is born starts a series of events that overwhelms Elly with unexpected emotions and difficult choices. Somehow, she must turn her usual obstinance in a direction that can ensure a future for herself--and for the new life she has created. The e-book includes a sample chapter from Born Blue by Han Nolan.

Pregnant & Practically Married

by Andrea Edwards

KNIGHT...IN WHITE STETSON? One minute, pregnant and single Karin Spencer was daydreaming about being swept away by a white knight, and one wallop-to-the-head later she was. But her rescuer was no knight-he was a cowboy! Surely rock-solid rodeo champ Jed McCarron wouldn't mind doing her one more itty-bitty favor....Play her fiancé?! Pretend to be her child's father? Jed could feel his "cowboy code" kick in from the moment he'd cradled sweet Karin against his chest. He couldn't help but aid this damsel again. After all, it wasn't like playing her beloved would have him lassoing her ring finger with a golden rope...or would it? THE BRIDAL CIRCLE: They dreamed of marrying and leaving their small town behind-but soon discovered there's no place like home for true love!

The Pregnant Princess

by Anne Marie Winston

They shared a forbidden night of blazing passion...identities unknown. Now, months later, a precious secret growing in her womb, Princess Elizabeth Wyndham had come to the States to find the father of her child....Prince Raphael Thorton preferred hard hats over crowns, the Arizona desert over an island kingdom. And Rafe, the title he favored, had vowed never to marry royalty or to subject his child to the rigorous upbringing he'd endured. But that was before one unforgettable princess reentered his life-and changed his views about vows...and bringing up baby!

The Pregnant Woman's Comfort Book

by Jennifer Louden

With the wit, humor, and style that have made her Comfort Book series so popular, new mother Jennifer Louden brings her expertise to the wonderful world of pregnancy. From the blissful moments to the panic attacks, Louden guides women through the precarious emotional terrain of pregnancy and early motherhood with exercises, tips, and advice on a range of subjects including: your changing body image and self-esteem fears about your relationship with your partner a rational approach to eating (and eating and eating) dream exploration and the creation of a pregnancy comfort journal the joyous--and chaotic first months of motherhood and much more! This insightful, practical, and very comforting guide will speak to first-time and experienced mothers alike with this simple but vital message: taking care of yourself during pregnancy lays the groundwork for healthy and happy motherhood.

Prehistoric Monsters!

by Robert T. Bakker

A super-simple introduction to prehistoric animals, from the first weird and wonderful life forms on Earth to the earliest Ice Age humans-and much, much more.

The Prehistoric Planet

by Ray O'Ryan Colin Jack

Galaxy Zack blasts back to the past in this outer space chapter book adventure!A baby pterosaur can't find his way home, so it's up to the Nebulon Navigators to return him to the Prehistoric Planet. And when Zack's dad is invited on the journey, Zack finds a way to go along too! But as they blast off on the super shuttle, they hear a strange noise. Is it the pterosaur, crying for his mama? No, it's...Zack's dog, Luna, who has snuck onto the shuttle! When the shuttle lands, Zack can't believe his eyes: The Prehistoric Planet is full of creatures that he's only read about in books. Zack and the team of navigators head out in search of the pterosaur's mother--and end up in the middle of an amazing adventure. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Galaxy Zack chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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