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I'm looking to learn pattern recognition in order to write my BSc thesis, but I can't seem to decide on a book. I narrowed it down to 2 books: Sergios Theodoridis, Konstantinos Koutroumbas - Pattern Recognition & Matlab Intro (book @ amazon) accompanied by Pattern Recognition & Matlab Intro: Introduction to Pattern Recognition: A Matlab Approach (book @ amazon) or Christopher M. Bishop - Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (book @ amazon).

I want a write a smartphone app that will work with the inputted data, so the software itself will be in Java, I just need to learn the algorithms first. Does anyone have any idea which of the ones mentioned is better? IIUC both deal with the same subject, pretty thoroughly, but there's no use to buy both of them.

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closed as off topic by Lev Reyzin, Kaveh Mar 17 '11 at 11:19

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  • $\begingroup$ @Dave So I did! Whoops! I'm not sure how to fix this. $\endgroup$ – Ross Snider Mar 16 '11 at 18:16
  • $\begingroup$ @Ross: You can delete the comments and repost them to the correct question. $\endgroup$ – Tsuyoshi Ito Mar 16 '11 at 20:35
  • $\begingroup$ @Tsuyoshi Who knew you could delete comments? I suppose that was, on all accounts, pretty obvious. Thank you. $\endgroup$ – Ross Snider Mar 16 '11 at 20:54
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    $\begingroup$ out of scope ? seems so to me. $\endgroup$ – Suresh Venkat Mar 16 '11 at 21:55
  • $\begingroup$ Closing as off-topic. AFAIK, general Pattern Recognition is not in the scope of cstheory. You may want to try posting this question on MetaOptimize (AI) or StackOverflow (Programming). $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Mar 17 '11 at 11:19

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