Last time when I was visitng Manning's website I found that there are two similar titles scheduled to be published in 2008: one is your book and the other one is "Algorithms of the Intelligent Web". At first sight, these two titles seem to be very similar. What do you think? Will these two books cover the same stuff or rather complement each other? My second question is about the content of your book. Do you focus more on the practical aspects of CI such as usage of some toolkits/frameworks or on the analysis of the math algorithms?
In my book, I do try to provide a practical aspects of CI in terms of the toolkits and frameworks that are available to you. At the same time, I do cover the key concepts behind the algorithms and how to implement it. Typically, the concepts are introduced with a simple working example (with the math worked out), this is followed by implementing a version of the algorithm in Java, and lastly how open-source toolkits/APIs can be leveraged. The book covers Nutch for web crawling, Lucene for text processing, WEKA and JDM for data mining.
Yes, I did see "Algorithms of the Intelligent Web" at the Manning website. I havent seen the content but it looks pretty interesting. I think it will be a good companion to my book.