Tuesday, June 10, 2014

"Bandit Algorithms for Website Optimization" by John Myles White

This is an intriguing and useful book.

Useful because it covers important algorithms for website testing in some detail. Intriguing, to me at least, because it can be read in a single sitting and is quite narrowly focused. Further, it is concerned with a fairly technical topic (multiarmed bandit algorithms) - it feels as though the entire book itself would ordinarily be a chapter in an imposing textbook on methods.

I'm by no means an expert on this topic, so I can't quite say how it fares against other resources - but I can say that I feel as though I grasped something important about this class of algorithms from reading this book, and on that basis, recommend it.