20 Best Machine Learning Books for Beginners and Experts

In the era of Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence machine learning has become a tool to see the world and process visual data. Machine learning has taken the position of the most in-demand job in today’s world and a machine learning engineer nowadays is earning a handsome salary.

Machine learning algorithms are making computers smarter day by day. With the help of these algorithms computers, today are playing chess, performing surgeries, driving cars, etc. If someone has basic computer knowledge and wants to change careers for a better future, machine learning is a good option.

For that matter, if you are just a machine learning enthusiast and have the curiosity to understand machine learning the world of computer algorithms can be an enchanting and rewarding passion.

We have selected the best top 20 machine learning books catering to beginners or adding a book to the library of an advanced data science learner.

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1- Artificial Intelligence for Dummies.

Author:                 John Paul Mueller and Luca Massaron

Format:                Kindle Edition

Print length:       316

Publisher:            For dummies

Edition:                 1st

This book helps you not only get a clear picture of technology but also addresses some major myths about it. It gives a very engrossing perspective about the application of technology in everyday life be it, self-driven cars, or its achievements in the field of medicine.

Topic covered:

Discover the history of Artificial Intelligence.
Understanding the role of data.
Role of Artificial Intelligence in computer applications, Medicines, Machine Learning, etc.
Clearing the misconceptions about AI.
Exploration about drones and robots.

Author’s Profile

John Paul Mueller is the author of 108 books and more than 600 articles covering topics like AI, Networking, and Data Base Management. He is a technical editor and consultant by profession.

Luca Massaron is a specialist in multivariate statistical analysis, machine learning, and customer insight. Professionally he is a data scientist and marketing, research director.

2- Artificial Intelligence a Modern Approach.

Author:                Russel

Format:                Kindle

Print Length:      1136

Publisher:            Pearson

Edition:                 4th

Around the world, many faculties of different universities recommend this book to students who are beginners and are just entering the world of artificial intelligence. This book gives a detailed insight into the field of AI and related research topics. This book also provides helpful references for further study. As it is a very detailed book that is why it cannot be read quickly especially when we want to have a sound command on the topic.

Topics Covered:

Intelligent Agents
Searching to solve problems
Knowledge and Reasoning
Uncertain knowledge and reasoning
Communicating, Perceiving, and Acting

Author’s Profile

Stuart Russel is a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, and adjunct professor of neurological surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a computer scientist and 1400 universities in 128 countries recommend his book Artificial Intelligence a Modern Approach.

3- Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.

Author:                Max Tegmark

Format:                Kindle Edition

Print Length:      384

Publisher:            Penguin

Edition:                 1st

This book encompasses the tremendous development in the field of artificial intelligence and its potential to turnaround the future of mankind more than any other form of technology. This book also discusses the point of view on some controversial topics like consciousness and eventual physical limits on life in the solar system.

Topics Covered:

Life 1.0 (Biological stage): Evolving its hardware and software.

Life 2.0 (Cultural stage): Evolving its hardware and designing most of its software.

Life 3.0 (Technical stage): Designing its hardware and software.

Authors Profile

An MIT professor Max Tegmark is the author of two books and more than 200 technical papers. The topics range from Cosmology to Artificial Intelligence. His unorthodox ideas and love for adventure has got him the name of “Mad Max”

4- Machine Learning

Author:                Tom M. Mitchell

Format:                Textbook

Publisher:            McGraw Hill Education

Print length:       432

Edition:                 1st

This book is a detailed study of Machine learning algorithms and theorems. It comprises detailed examples with case studies to help the reader in having precise knowledge about machine learning algorithms. Anyone aiming to start a career in machine learning, this book will prove to be the ultimate guide for a beginner.

Topics covered:

Genetic Algorithms.
Inductive logic programming.
Introduction to primary approaches regarding machine language.
Concepts and techniques of Machin learning.
Re-enforcement learning.

Author’s profile

Tom M. Mitchell is a university professor at Carnegie Mellon University. His contribution to the advancement of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and cognitive neuroscience is phenomenal.

5- Deep learning by Goodfellow Et. Al

Author:                 Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio, and Aaron Courville

Format:                Kindle

Publisher:            MIT press

Pages:                   800

Edition:                 1st

According to Elon Musk, Deep Learning is a comprehensive and complete book on the topic. From the start of the decade, deep learning has become a steppingstone in the world of technology. This book has the basic concepts, practical aspects, and topics related to advanced research which make it a hands-on guidebook not only for the learners and practitioner but instructors as well.

Topics Covered:

Part I:    Applied Math and Machine Learning Basic.
Part II:   Modern Practical Deep Network
Part III: Deep Learning Research

Authors’ Profile

Ian Goodfellow is serving as a research scientist at Google.

Yoshua Bengio, at the Université de Montréal is a professor of computer science.

Aaron Courville, at the Université de Montréal is an assistant professor of computer science.

6- Data Science from Scratch: First Principles with Python

Author:                 Joel Grus

Format: Kindle Edition/Paperback

Publisher:            O’ Reilly

Pages:   500

Edition: 2nd

Math and science are the core of data science. This book will guide you to learn them as well as hacking skills which are very much required to be a data scientist. This book also helps you to explore the natural processing of language and the analysis of the network.

Topics Covered:

Implement k-nearest neighbors.
Naïve Bayes.
Linear and Logistic Regression.
Decision Trees.
Clustering Models.

Author’s Profile

Joel Grus is a software engineer by profession and is working at google.com. He has experience working as a data scientist at various startups. He is a regular in attending data science happy hours.

7- Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning

Author:                Christopher M. Bishop

Format:                Hardcover/Kindle/Paperback

Publisher:            Springer

Pages:                   738

Edition:                 2nd

This book is the first of its kind which gives a graphical model on machine learning. This book provides comparative inference algorithms that give quick answers to situations where clear-cut answers are not possible. To be able to grasp all the concepts presented in the book you need to have a basic, understanding of Multivariate Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra.

Topics Covered

Approximate inference algorithms.
Bayesian Methods.
Introduction to basic probability theory.
Introduction to pattern recognition and Machine learning.
New Models based on Kernels.

Author’s Profile

Chris Bishop is a Microsoft scientist and Laboratory Director at Microsoft Research Cambridge. He is also serving as a professor of computer science at the University Of Edinburgh and a Fellow of Darwin College Cambridge.

8- Machine Learning for Absolute Beginners: A Plain English Introduction.

Author:                Oliver Theobald

Format:                Kindle/Paperback

Publisher:            Scatterplot Press

Pages:                   164

Edition:                 2nd

If you are looking for a book that is neither long nor has complex language, then this book is a must-read for you. Although plain English is used this book covers all the topics related to high-level introduction to Machine Learning in a practical and beginner-friendly way.

Topics Covered:

What is Machine Learning
ML Categories?
The ML Toolbox
Data Scrubbing
Setting Up Your Data
Regression Analysis
Bias & Variance
Artificial Neural Networks
Decision Trees
Ensemble Modeling
Building A Model In Python
Model Optimization
Further Resources
Downloading Datasets
Final Word

Author’s Profile

Oliver Theobald has enjoyed Best Seller Status on Amazon. His book Machine Learning for Absolute Beginners has been adopted by many universities. He has a background in technical writing/documentation and operations using AI and cloud computing. Recently he is into BI (Business Intelligence).

9- Make Your Own Neural Network

Author:                 Tariq Rasheed

Format:                Kindle/Paperback

Publisher:            Create space for independent publishing

Pages:                   222

Edition:                 2nd

Deep Learning and artificial intelligence both have a key element of neural networks. This guidebook gives you an understanding of neural networks in a simple yet insightful manner. Simple knowledge of secondary school mathematics will make the understanding of neural networks easy and coding in python become accessible.

Topics Covered:

Introduction to mathematical ideas underlining the neural networks.
Python programming language and neural network buildup.
Performance of neural networks and get is all working on a Raspberry P

Author’s Profile

The author is a physics degree holder with a Master’s in Machine Learning and Data Mining. London Python meet-up group is lead by him.

10- Python Machine learning: A technical approach to Machine Learning for Beginners.

Author:                 Leonard Edison

Format:                Paperback

Publisher:            Create space independent publishing platform

Pages:                   292

Edition:                 1st

After completing this book, you will be equipped to use python for writing simple codes. It will also direct you in the right direction. Once you have gone beyond the beginner level in python.

Topics Covered:

Basics of Artificial Intelligence.
Some of the branches of artificial intelligence.
Decision Trees.
Basic Python programming language.
Logistic Regression

Author’s Profile

Leonard Edison is a computer science teacher and who writes blogs as well. For the past some years he is using his experience in this field to write books to pass on his knowledge to the readers.

11- Information Theory, Inference and Learning Algorithms

Authors:              David J. C. MacKay

Format:                Kindle/Hard Cover/Paperback

Publisher:            Cambridge University Press

Pages:                   640

Edition:                 1st

This book was published almost 20 years ago but its relevance cannot be denied even today. It has a multi-disciplinary approach to establish connections between information theory learning algorithms and inference. It does not give its reader a lot of practical examples, but it serves its purpose as an introductory book for beginners.

Topics Covered:

Data Compression
Noisy-channel coding
Further Topic in Information Theory
Probabilities and Inference
Neural Networks
Sparse Graph Codes

Author’s Profile

David J. C. MacKay was the Regius professor of engineering in the department of engineering at the University of Cambridge. He also served as Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department of Energy and Climate Change in the UK.

12-  Architect of Intelligence for Humans: Volume 1

Author:                Jeff Heaton

Format:                Kindle/Paperback

Publisher:            CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Pages:                   224                       

Edition:                 1st

In this book, algorithms are explained with the help of actual numeric calculations which can be performed by the reader himself. This is specially designed to cater to those people who learn AI but do not have a thorough mathematical knowledge.

Topics Covered:

Basic Algorithms of Artificial Intelligence
Distance Metrics
Error Calculation
Hill Climbing
Nelder Mead
Linear Regression

Author’s Profile

Jeff Heaton is professionally a computer scientist with a specialization in Python, R, Java, and C#. Jeff has a master’s degree in Information Management and Ph.D. in Computer Science. He has authored more than 10 books.

13-  Neural Networks and Deep Learning

Author:                 Charu C. Aggarwal

Format:                E-Textbook/Hard Cover/Paperback

Publisher:            Springer

Pages:                   520

Edition:                 1st

This book explains deep learning with classical and modern models. Neural Networks, their theory, and algorithms have been discussed in this book in great detail. This book explains Machine Learning through Neural Networks and the theory behind them.

Topics Covered:

The Basics of Neural Networks
Fundamentals of Neural Networks
Advanced Topics in Neural Networks

Author’s Profile

Charu C. Aggarwal is a DRSM (Distinguished Research Staff Member) at IBM at the Watson Research Center in Yorktown Height, NY. In 1993 he acquired his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from IIT at Kanpur and his Ph.D. from MIT in 1996. He has exhaustive experience in the Data Mining field.

14-  Hands-on Machine Learning

Author:                 Aurélien Géron

Format:                Kindle/Paperback

Publisher:            O’Reilly

Pages:                   600

Edition:                 2nd

Deep intuitive understanding regarding the concepts and rules to build intelligent systems can be learned through this book. The author has used two production-ready Python frameworks that are TensorFlow and Scikit-Learn. With thorough examples but minimal theory to impart the knowledge of deep learning.

Topics Covered:

Fundamentals of Machine LearningThe Machine Learning Landscape
End-to-End Machine Learning Project
Training Models
Support Vector Machines
Decision Trees
Ensemble Learning and Random Forests
Dimensionality Reduction

Neural Networks Deep LearningUp and Running with TensorFlow
Introduction to Artificial Neural Networks
Training Deep Neural Nets
Distributing TensorFlow Across Devices and Servers
Convolutional Neural Networks
Recurrent Neural Networks
Reinforcement learning

Author’s Profile

Aurélien Géron is a consultant for machine learning. He is a former Googler and leader of YouTube’s video classification team. He has worked in different domains like Finance, Defense, and Health Care as a software engineer.

15-  Generative Deep Learning: Teaching Machines to Paint, Write, Compose and Play

Author:                David Foster

Format:                Kindle/Paperback

Publisher:            O’Reilly Media

Pages:                   330

Edition:                 1st

Artificial Intelligence has made it possible that a machine can be taught to paint, write, and compose music. This book will teach machine learning engineers and data scientists to recreate generative deep learning models like auto-encoders, encoder-decoder models, world models, etc.

Topics Covered:

Generative Modelling
Deep Learning
Variational Autoencoders
Generative Adversarial Networks
Future of Generative Modelling

Author’s Profile

David Foster is the co-founder of a data science consultancy named Applied Data Science. He is a winner of different international machine learning competitions and has won first prize for visualization to optimize site selection for the sake of clinical trials for a pharmaceutical company in the US. He is a master’s in mathematics and Operational Research from Trinity College, Cambridge, and the University of Warwick respectively.

16-  Python Machine Learning: A Technical Approach to Machine Learning for Beginners

Author:                Leonard Eddison

Format:                Audio Book/Paperback

Publisher:            CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Pages:                   292

Edition:                 1st

This book is designed especially for beginners and encapsulates the basics and importance of machine learning. It also focuses on different branches of machine learning and their applications in a wider spectrum. This book enables its readers’ coding in Python.

Topics Covered:

Basics of AI
Decision Trees
Deep Neural Networks
Basics of Python Programming Language
Logistic Regression

Author’s Profile

Leonard Eddison is a blogger and teacher of Computer Science. He has written many books. He was born in Buffalo, NY. He passionately writes books to transfer his knowledge to them to pass it on to others.

17-  Python Machine Learning: Unlock Deeper Insights into ML

Author:                Sebastian Raschka

Format:                Kindle/Paperback

Publisher:            Ingram Short Title

Pages:                   454

Edition:                 1st

Readers can access the world of predictive analysis with the help of this book. It teaches the practices and methods for the improvisation and optimization of machine learning systems and algorithms.

Topics Covered:

Giving Computers the Ability to Learn from Data
Training Machine Learning Algorithms for Classification
A Tour of Machine Learning Classifiers Using Scikit-Learn
Building Good Training Sets – Data Processing
Compressing Data via Dimensionality Reduction
Learn Best Practices for Model Evaluation and Hyperparameter Tuning
Combining Different Models for Ensemble Learning
Applying Machine Learning to Sentiment Analysis
Embedding ML Model into a web application
Predicting Continuous Target Variables with Regression Analysis
Working with Unlabeled Data – Clustering Analysis
Training Artificial Neural Networks for Image Recognition
Parallelizing Neural Network Training with Theano

Author’s Profile

Sebastian Raschka is a student at Michigan State University, Pursuing his Ph.D. He has been ranked by GitHub as the most influential data scientist. He is regularly contributing to the methods he implemented to open-source projects.

18-  Data Mining

Author:                 Ian H. Witten, Eibe Frank, Mark A. Hall

Format:                Kindle/Paperback

Publisher:            Morgan Kaufmann

Pages:                   654

Edition:                 4th

This book gives a thorough knowledge of the concepts of ML and the application of tools and techniques in the mining situation of real-world data.

Topics Covered:

Comparing Data Mining Methods
Knowledge representation & Clusters
Linear Models
Predicting performance
Statistical Modelling
Traditional and Modern data mining techniques

Authors’ Profile

Ian H. Witten is a Chartered Engineer at the Institute of Electrical Engineers London. He is a computer scientist at Waikato University, New Zealand. Eibe Frank is a computer scientist and developer of the WEKA machine. Mark Hall is a Data Scientist at Pyramid Analytics

19-  Machine Learning with TensorFlow

Author:                Nishant Shukla

Format:                Paperback/E-book

Publisher:            Manning Publications

Pages:                   272

Edition:                 1st

This book describes the ML basics with clustering, prediction algorithms, and traditional classification. Its deep learning concepts makes the reader qualified for ML task by using open-source, free TensorFlow library.

Topics Covered:

Convolutional, recurrent, reinforcement neural networks
Deep learning
Hidden Markov models
Linear regression
Reinforcement learning

Author’s Profile

Nishant Shukla is a researcher in computer vision models focusing on ML techniques in robotics.

20-  Introduction to Machine Learning with Python: A Guide for Data Scientists

Author:                Andreas C. Muller, Sarah Guido

Format:                Kindle/PaperBack

Publisher:            O’Reilly Media

Pages:                   392

Edition:                 1st

This book teaches practical methods of building ML solutions. It teaches important steps for constructing ML applications using Scikit-Learn and Python.

Topics Covered:

Advanced methods for model evaluation and parameter tuning
Applications, fundamental concepts of ML
ML algorithms
Methods for working with text data
Pipelines for chaining models and encapsulating workflow
Representation of processed data.

Author’s Profile

Andreas C. Muller acquired his Ph.D. in ML from the University of Bonn. He worked in Amazon as an ML researcher on computer vision applications. Sarah Guido works at Reonomy as a data scientist.


We have compiled a detailed and extensive list of Machine Learning books. These will deliver detailed information on ML for beginners as well as experts. There are other resources also available to expand one’s knowledge of ML. These books tell us that ML is the way forward for IT novices and experts.

List of some other machine learning books

Advances in Financial Machine Learning ( by Marcos Lopez de Prado )
Machine Learning: An Algorithmic Perspective (by Stephen Marsland)
Deep Learning (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series)
Think Stats – Probability, and Statistics for Programmers by Allan B. Downey
Neural Networks and Deep Learning (by Pat Nakamoto)
The Hundred-Page Machine Learning Book
AI and Machine Learning for Coders: A Programmer’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning Design Patterns: Solutions to Common Challenges in Data Preparation, Model Building, and MLOps
Mathematics for Machine Learning

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