Having a goal to read books really helps with reading them. I finally started reading through the mountain of machine learning books that have been sitting on my shelves for half a year.
The Master Algorithm by Pedro Domingos, a professor at the University of Washington, is an user friendly book for introducing lay people to machine learning. It contains maybe 2-3 lines of math, 0 code, but a lot of explanations.
Professor Domingos divides up all of machine learning into five "tribes": symbolists, connectionists, evolutionaries, bayesians and analogizers. He describes various algorithms that are in each tribe, usually managing to make it quite understandable. However, for some reason, …continue.