Reference Reading

Here we provide references to books and courses about data analysis in general, which might also be helpful in the context of Mahout.

General Background Materials

Don’t be overwhelmed by all the maths, you can do a lot in Mahout with some basic knowledge. The books will help you understand your data better, and ask better questions both of Mahout’s APIs, and also of the Mahout community. And unlike learning some particular software tool, these are skills that will remain useful decades later.

Some good introductory alternatives here are:

Once you have a grasp of the basics then there are a slew of great texts that you might consult:

For matrix computations/decomposition/factorization etc.:

Books specifically on R:

In addition, you should see how to plot data well: