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Microsoft Excel 2019 Data Analysis and Business Modeling, Sixth Edition

Master business modeling and analysis techniques with Microsoft Excel 2019 and Office 365 and transform data into bottom-line results. Written by award-winning educator Wayne Winston, this hands-on, scenario-focused guide helps you use Excel to ask the right questions and get accurate, actionable answers. New coverage ranges from Power Query/Get & Transform to Office 365 Geography and Stock data types. Practice with more than 800 problems, many based on actual challenges faced by working analysts.
Solve real business problems with Excel—and build your competitive advantage:
 
* Quickly transition from Excel basics to sophisticated analytics
* Use PowerQuery or Get & Transform to connect, combine, and refine data sources
* Leverage Office 365’s new Geography and Stock data types and six new functions
* Illuminate insights from geographic and temporal data with 3D Maps
* Summarize data with pivot tables, descriptive statistics, histograms, and Pareto charts
* Use Excel trend curves, multiple regression, and exponential smoothing
* Delve into key financial, statistical, and time functions
* Master all of Excel’s great charts
* Quickly create forecasts from historical time-based data
* Use Solver to optimize product mix, logistics, work schedules, and investments—and even rate sports teams
* Run Monte Carlo simulations on stock prices and bidding models
* Learn about basic probability and Bayes’ Theorem
* Use the Data Model and Power Pivot to effectively build and use relational data sources inside an Excel workbook
* Automate repetitive analytics tasks by using macros

Metal Beast

Through the Khyber Pass of Afghanistan, a demon drives a metal beast on a hellish mission to destroy the desert city of Gushtia. Tasked with stopping the beast, Hari Singh is aided by a young Navy Lieutenant, Jamie Hanover, for whom the lessons of Afghanistan are harsh and bloody. But as the unlikely comrades make their own preparations Hari must ask himself who is the greater demon? The demon in control of the beast, or the beast that hunts the demon?
Metal Beast is a short story for Halloween, taking an alternative look at events from book 1 in the Adventures of Hanover Singh: Metal Emissary.
Metal Emissary is followed by
Slow Demons, book 2
Khronos, book 3
and
Djinn, book 4
Events in Metal Beast are not intended to have any bearing on the continued Adventures of Hanover and Singh.

Mastering Proxmox – Third Edition: Build Virtualized Environments Using the Proxmox VE Hypervisor

**Discover real world scenarios for Proxmox troubleshooting and become an expert cloud builder** About This Book Formulate Proxmox-based solutions and set up virtual machines of any size while gaining expertise even on the most complex multi-cluster setups Master the skills needed to analyze, monitor, and troubleshoot real-world virtual environments This is the most up-to-date title on mastering Proxmox, with examples based on the new Linux Kernel 4.10.15 and Debian Stretch (9.x) Who This Book Is For This book is for Linux and system administrators and professionals working in IT teams who would like to design and implement an enterprise-quality virtualized environment using Proxmox. Some knowledge of networking and virtualization concepts is assumed. What You Will Learn Install basic Proxmox VE nodes and get to know the Proxmox GUI Get to know Proxmox’s internal structure and mechanics Create and manage KVM or LXC-based virtual machines Understand advanced virtual networks Configure high availability Proxmox nodes Integrate Ceph big data storage with the Proxmox hypervisor Plan a large virtual environment for cloud-based services Discover real-world scenarios for Proxmox troubleshooting In Detail Proxmox is an open source server virtualization solution that has enterprise-class features for managing virtual machines, for storage, and to virtualize both Linux and Windows application workloads. You’ll begin with a refresher on the advanced installation features and the Proxmox GUI to familiarize yourself with the Proxmox VE hypervisor. Then, you’ll move on to explore Proxmox under the hood, focusing on storage systems, such as Ceph, used with Proxmox. Moving on, you’ll learn to manage KVM virtual machines, deploy Linux containers fast, and see how networking is handled in Proxmox. You’ll also learn how to protect a cluster or a VM with a firewall and explore the new high availability features introduced in Proxmox VE 5.0. Next, you’ll dive deeper into the backup/restore strategy and see how to properly update and upgrade a Proxmox node. Later, you’ll learn how to monitor a Proxmox cluster and all of its components using Zabbix. Finally, you’ll discover how to recover Promox from disaster strikes through some real-world examples. By the end of the book, you’ll be an expert at making Proxmox work in production environments with minimal downtime. Style and approach This book walks you through every aspect of virtualization using Proxmox using a practical, scenario-based approach that features best practices and all the weaponry you need to succeed when building virtual environments with Proxmox 5.0.

Mama’s Last Hug: Animal and Human Emotions

** *New York Times* Bestseller
Primatologist Frans de Waal explores the fascinating world of animal and human emotions.**
Frans de Waal has spent four decades at the forefront of animal research. Following up on the best-selling *Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?* , which investigated animal intelligence, *Mama’s Last Hug* delivers a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals.
*Mama’s Last Hug* begins with the death of Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. When Mama was dying, van Hooff took the unusual step of visiting her in her night cage for a last hug. Their goodbyes were filmed and went viral. Millions of people were deeply moved by the way Mama embraced the professor, welcoming him with a big smile while reassuring him by patting his neck, in a gesture often considered typically human but that is in fact common to all primates. This story and others like it form the core of de Waal’s argument, showing that humans are not the only species with the capacity for love, hate, fear, shame, guilt, joy, disgust, and empathy.
De Waal discusses facial expressions, the emotions behind human politics, the illusion of free will, animal sentience, and, of course, Mama’s life and death. The message is one of continuity between us and other species, such as the radical proposal that emotions are like organs: we don’t have a single organ that other animals don’t have, and the same is true for our emotions. *Mama’s Last Hug* opens our hearts and minds to the many ways in which humans and other animals are connected, transforming how we view the living world around us. **
### Recensione
‘Superb… striking… remarkable… illuminating’ **\– *New Statesman** *
‘[De Waal] makes an excellent case for the hypothesis that there is no emotion in our human psyche that we don’t see in our closest relatives – and, in fact, in intelligent animals of all kinds, especially mammals and large-brained birds … A convincing book, and De Waal [is] an excellent observer of primate behaviour [and] immensely knowledgeable… a window into chimps’ lives, and a looking glass for our own’ **\– *The Times** *
‘Frans de Waal has spent most of his working life watching chimpanzees, and his findings have changed our understanding of the animal world’ **\– *Sunday Times** *
**’A captivating and big-hearted book, full of compassion and brimming with insights** about the lives of animals, including human ones’ **\–Yuval Noah Harari, author of *Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind** *
‘I doubt that I’ve ever read a book as good as *Mama’s Last Hug: Animal and Human Emotions* , because it presents in irrefutable scientific detail the very important fact that animals do have these emotions as well as the other mental features we once attributed only to people. Not only is the book exceedingly important, it’s also fun to read, **a real page-turner**. I can’t say enough good things about it except that it’s **utterly splendid’** **\–Elizabeth Marshall Thomas**
‘After you’ve read *Mama’s Last Hug* it becomes obvious that animals have emotions. Learn how they resemble us in many ways’ **\– –Temple Grandin, author of *Animals Make us Human* and *Animals in Translation** *
‘ **Fascinating**. Frans De Waal makes us think long and hard about the true nature of animal emotions’ **\–Desmond Morris**
‘This is an important book, wise and accessible’ **\–Robert M. Sapolsky**
‘Anyone reading this book will be changed forever. De Waal has spent so many decades watching intently and thinking deeply that he sees a planet that is deeper and more beautiful than almost anyone realizes. In these pages, you can acquire and share his beautiful, shockingly insightful view of life on Earth’ — **\–Carl Safina, author of *Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel** *
‘De Waal is the **ultimate zoological magician**.. His animals hold up mirrors and make you see yourself. Whether you find that terrifying or exhilarating is up to you. He is prescient, unnerving, politically explosive, and always downright entertaining. He can unmake and remake you, and you should let him’ **\–Charles Foster, author of* Being a Beast*
‘In *Mama’s Last Hug* , Frans de Waal marshals his wealth of knowledge and experience, toggling expertly between rigorous science and captivating anecdote to explain animal behavior-humans included. While doing so, he rebukes the common conceit that we are necessarily better, or smarter, than our closest relatives’ — * *Jonathan Balcombe, author of* What a Fish Knows ** ** * **
### Sinossi
** *New York Times* Bestseller
Primatologist Frans de Waal explores the fascinating world of animal and human emotions.**
Frans de Waal has spent four decades at the forefront of animal research. Following up on the best-selling *Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?* , which investigated animal intelligence, *Mama’s Last Hug* delivers a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals.
*Mama’s Last Hug* begins with the death of Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. When Mama was dying, van Hooff took the unusual step of visiting her in her night cage for a last hug. Their goodbyes were filmed and went viral. Millions of people were deeply moved by the way Mama embraced the professor, welcoming him with a big smile while reassuring him by patting his neck, in a gesture often considered typically human but that is in fact common to all primates. This story and others like it form the core of de Waal’s argument, showing that humans are not the only species with the capacity for love, hate, fear, shame, guilt, joy, disgust, and empathy.
De Waal discusses facial expressions, the emotions behind human politics, the illusion of free will, animal sentience, and, of course, Mama’s life and death. The message is one of continuity between us and other species, such as the radical proposal that emotions are like organs: we don’t have a single organ that other animals don’t have, and the same is true for our emotions. *Mama’s Last Hug* opens our hearts and minds to the many ways in which humans and other animals are connected, transforming how we view the living world around us. **

Making the Play

Sometimes switching things up really does mean getting the guy. Allan Clark thought his life as a wide receiver for the Wildcats was over the moment he was told he’d be the new punt returner. He’d thought he didn’t want to be a special teams player. He’d rather have the limelight. But once he starts returning punts, he realizes this was where he should’ve been all along. Speaking of perks, he now gets to spend time with the sexy kicker, Tyler Leigh. Maybe this switch is the best thing that could’ve happened to him. Unlike Allan, Tyler isn’t planning on going into the draft or playing football for the rest of his life. He’s got other plans, though a side trip in the sheets with Allan isn’t off his radar. He’s wanted Allan since he joined the team. But Tyler’s got baggage and an overzealous ex-boyfriend hell-bent on making his life miserable. With Allan, he sees a bright spot. Will these two seeming opposites leave their desires on the field, or will they find common ground together and score?

Making Computers Accessible

In 1974, not long after developing the first universal optical character recognition technology, Raymond Kurzweil struck up a conversation with a blind man on a flight. Kurzweil explained that he was searching for a use for his new software. The blind man expressed interest: One of the frustrating obstacles that blind people grappled with, he said, was that no computer program could translate text into speech. Inspired by this chance meeting, Kurzweil decided that he must put his new innovation to work to “overcome this principal handicap of blindness.” By 1976, he had built a working prototype, which he dubbed the Kurzweil Reading Machine. This type of innovation demonstrated the possibilities of computers to dramatically improve the lives of people living with disabilities. In *Making Computers Accessible* , Elizabeth R. Petrick tells the compelling story of how computer engineers and corporations gradually became aware of the need to make computers accessible for all people. Motivated by user feedback and prompted by legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, which offered the promise of equal rights via technological accommodation, companies developed sophisticated computerized devices and software to bridge the accessibility gap. People with disabilities, Petrick argues, are paradigmatic computer users, demonstrating the personal computer’s potential to augment human abilities and provide for new forms of social, professional, and political participation. Bridging the history of technology, science and technology studies, and disability studies, this book traces the psychological, cultural, and economic evolution of a consumer culture aimed at individuals with disabilities, who increasingly rely on personal computers to make their lives richer and more interconnected.

Magefall

When magic is feared, the mages must learn to fight for themselves in this powerful sequel to the standout epic fantasy Mageborn by Stephen Aryan.

The land is in turmoil. Mages are hunted by men and gods alike. Even their own kind betray each other in the name of safety and protection.

With their last refuge fallen, two young mages must conspire against a god to show the world that their abilities aren’t a curse; they are the only way to ensure lasting peace. Under the threat of anti-magic fanatics, Wren struggles to find her place as a leader and to keep her people safe as they build a new home. While Danoph searches for answers on a spiritual journey, determined to find out who he really is and where he came from in an effort to calm the coming storm.

Their world has turned against them, yet only they can save the world.

For more from Stephen Aryan, check out:

The Age of Dread

Mageborn

Magefall

Age…

Machine Learning for Dummies

Machine learning is an exciting new way to use computers to perform tasks that require the ability to learn from experience. In order to make machine learning a reality, programmers rely on special languages, such as Python and R, and new types of tools. Machine Learning For Dummies helps the reader understand what machine learning is, when it can help perform a new class of computer tasks, and how to implement machine learning using Python and R, along with the required tools. Unlike most machine learning books, Machine Learning For Dummies does not assume that the reader has years of experience using programming languages. This book provides the much-needed entry point for people who really could use machine learning to accomplish practical tasks, but don’t necessarily have the skills required to use on more advanced books. This book will cover the entry level materials required to get readers up and running faster, how to perform practical tasks, how to perform useful work without getting overly involved in the underlying math principles, fun ways to play with new tools and learn as a result, and how to separate facts from myth to see how machine learning is useful in today’s world. Topics Covered: * Getting the Real Story about AI * Learning in the Age of Big Data * Having a Glance at the Future * Coding in R Using R Studio * Coding in Python Using Anaconda * Exploring Other Machine Learning Tools * Demystifying the Math Behind Machine Learning * Descending the Right Curve * Validating Machine Learning * Starting with Simple Learners * Preprocessing Data * Starting Easy with Linear Models * Going a Step Beyond using Support Vector Machines * Resorting to Ensembles of Learners
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Luna: Moon Rising

**The continuing saga of the Five Dragons** , **Ian McDonald’s fast-paced, intricately plotted space opera pitched as *Game of Thrones* meets *The Expanse** *
A hundred years in the future, a war wages between the Five Dragons—five families that control the Moon’s leading industrial companies. Each clan does everything in their power to claw their way to the top of the food chain—marriages of convenience, corporate espionage, kidnapping, and mass assassinations.
Through ingenious political manipulation and sheer force of will, Lucas Cortas rises from the ashes of corporate defeat and seizes control of the Moon. The only person who can stop him is a brilliant lunar lawyer, his sister, Ariel.
Witness the Dragons’ final battle for absolute sovereignty in Ian McDonald’s heart-stopping finale to the Luna trilogy.
### About the Author
**Ian McDonald** is the author of highly acclaimed science fiction novels. He has been a three-time winner of the British Science Fiction Association Award and has won the Locus Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and others.

Lucifer’s Star

*This is an alternate cover edition for[B01MDM9MCT](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32610938-lucifer-s-star) *
Cassius Mass was the greatest star pilot of the Crius Archduchy. He fought fiercely for his cause, only to watch his nation fall to the Interstellar Commonwealth. It was only after that he realized the side he’d been fighting for was the wrong one. Now a semi-functional navigator on an interstellar freight hauler, he tries to hide who he was and escape his past. Unfortunately, some things refuse to stay buried and he ends up conscripted by the very people who destroyed his homeland.
LUCIFER’S STAR is the first novel of the Lucifer’s Star series, a dark science fiction space opera set in a world of aliens, war, politics, and slavery.

Lost Gods

**In *Lost Gods,* Brom, the artist and author of *The Child Thief* and *Krampus,* brings readers into a dark, fantastical, masterful mix of brilliant illustrations and dazzling prose.**
A young man descends into Purgatory to save his wife and unborn child in this gorgeous, illustrated tale of wonder and terror from the mind of master storyteller and acclaimed artist Brom.
Fresh out of jail and eager to start a new life, Chet Moran and his pregnant wife, Trish, leave town to begin again. But an ancient evil is looming, and what seems like a safe haven may not be all it appears . . .
Snared and murdered by a vile, arcane horror, Chet quickly learns that pain and death are not unique to the living. Now the lives and very souls of his wife and unborn child are at stake.To save them, he must journey into the bowels of purgatory in search of a sacred key promised to restore the natural order of life and death. Alone, confused, and damned, Chet steels himself against the unfathomable terrors awaiting him as he descends into death’s stygian blackness.
With *Lost Gods* , Brom’s gritty and visceral writing takes us on a haunting, harrowing journey into the depths of the underworld. Thrust into a realm of madness and chaos, where ancient gods and demons battle over the dead, and where cabals of souls conspire to overthrow their masters, Chet plays a dangerous game, risking eternal damnation to save his family.

Living Shadows (Reckless Book 2)

Jacob Reckless returns once again to the Mirrorworld–filled with profound characters, extraordinary creatures, and epic life-or-death treasure hunts that could only come from the mind of the master storyteller of our generation, Cornelia Funke.
Jacob Reckless has only a few months left to live. He’s tried everything to shake the Fairy curse that traded his life for his brother’s–legends such as the All-Healing Apple, the Well of Eternal Youth, the blood of a northern Djinn. And yet hope after hope is extinguished. After months of fruitless searching, Jacob journeys through his father’s mirror one final time to deliver the bad news to Fox.
But there they hear of one last possibility–an item so legendary that not even Mirrorworlders believe it exists: a crossbow that can kill thousands, or heal one, when shot through the heart. But a Goyl treasure hunter is also searching for the prized crossbow. Jacob must find it first–and somehow convince Fox to do whatever it takes to save him.
[This book was originally released by Little,Brown as Fearless. Book 2: Living Shadows is a rerelease of that title under Breathing Books.]

Lion’s Claw

Miku hasn’t been a vampire for over a week yet, and things have been a little crazy for the spirit sorceress. She barely survived the first few days, and yet things have just gotten started.
Her life is about to get a little crazier, and she’s not sure what she’s more obsessed with. The danger coming their way, or her soulmate Jared who she’s half convinced she’ll never connect with. There’s also the problem that she isn’t sure where the line is anymore as a spirit sorceress, and has no one to ask. She finds herself needing to define herself, as the realities of the world are quite a bit more complicated than she’d expected.
When a rogue lion shifter starts killing humans, in pack territory, things get dangerously complicated. Lines are both drawn and crossed, and she finds herself once again in the crossfire.

Light and Shadows: A Kaitlyn Strong Story

A friend kidnapped. A monster created. A friendship that might be turning into…something new. Kaitlyn Strong and her crew are in a race against time as they try to find a friend they thought was dead.
The trail leads to a biotech lab hidden beneath the streets of Manhattan, where new horrors await them.
Can Kaitlyn and her Savannah Cat companion Fangs come to the rescue in time? Or will the latest Abandonado plot cost her someone dear? Find out now!
This is the fourth Book in the Kaitlyn Strong Series by Art DeForest

Learning Data Mining With Python – Second Edition

Key Features Use a wide variety of Python libraries for practical data mining purposes. Learn how to find, manipulate, analyze, and visualize data using Python. Step-by-step instructions on data mining techniques with Python that have real-world applications. Book Description This book teaches you to design and develop data mining applications using a variety of datasets, starting with basic classification and affinity analysis. This book covers a large number of libraries available in Python, including the Jupyter Notebook, pandas, scikit-learn, and NLTK. You will gain hands on experience with complex data types including text, images, and graphs. You will also discover object detection using Deep Neural Networks, which is one of the big, difficult areas of machine learning right now. With restructured examples and code samples updated for the latest edition of Python, each chapter of this book introduces you to new algorithms and techniques. By the end of the book, you will have great insights into using Python for data mining and understanding of the algorithms as well as implementations. What you will learn Apply data mining concepts to real-world problems Predict the outcome of sports matches based on past results Determine the author of a document based on their writing style Use APIs to download datasets from social media and other online services Find and extract good features from difficult datasets Create models that solve real-world problems Design and develop data mining applications using a variety of datasets Perform object detection in images using Deep Neural Networks Find meaningful insights from your data through intuitive visualizations Compute on big data, including real-time data from the internet About the Author **Robert Layton** is a data scientist investigating data-driven applications to businesses across a number of sectors. He received a PhD investigating cybercrime analytics from the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory at Federation University Australia, before moving into industry, starting his own data analytics company dataPipeline. Next, he created Eureaktive, which works with tech-based startups on developing their proof-of-concepts and early-stage prototypes. Robert also runs the LearningTensorFlow website, which is one of the world’s premier tutorial websites for Google’s TensorFlow library. Robert is an active member of the Python community, having used Python for more than 8 years. He has presented at PyConAU for the last four years and works with Python Charmers to provide Python-based training for businesses and professionals from a wide range of organisations. Robert can be best reached via Twitter @robertlayton Table of Contents Getting Started with Data Mining Classifying with scikit-learn Estimators Predicting Sports Winners with Decision Trees Recommending Movies Using Affinity Analysis Features and scikit-learn Transformers Social Media Insight using Naive Bayes Follow Recommendations Using Graph Mining Beating CAPTCHAs with Neural Networks Authorship Attribution Clustering News Articles Object Detection in Images using Deep Neural Networks Working with Big Data Next Steps…

Learning Data Mining With Python

The next step in the information age is to gain insights from the deluge of data coming our way. Data mining provides a way of finding this insight, and Python is one of the most popular languages for data mining, providing both power and flexibility in analysis.
This book teaches you to design and develop data mining applications using a variety of datasets, starting with basic classification and affinity analysis. Next, we move on to more complex data types including text, images, and graphs. In every chapter, we create models that solve real-world problems.
There is a rich and varied set of libraries available in Python for data mining. This book covers a large number, including the IPython Notebook, pandas, scikit-learn and NLTK.
Each chapter of this book introduces you to new algorithms and techniques. By the end of the book, you will gain a large insight into using Python for data mining, with a good knowledge and understanding of the algorithms and implementations.