This book demonstrates the statistical pattern known as the long tail: a few things I understand relatively well and a much larger proportion that are beyond my grasp. Despite years working with information systems this makes me starkly aware that I can’t claim to be a data scientist!
I think this work would come into its own near the top of a reading list for a course on the subject. Without that, it seems short on worked examples and exercises to develop skills while I can see that, on a course, those would be provided and the information contained here would act as an excellent (albeit still challenging primer). Outside of that context, it didn’t fulfil my hope of developing my skills although I did find the chapter on text mining (perhaps closest to my own areas of expertise) particularly fascinating./5.