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To Watch Over Them Day and Night By Jeffrey Strickland
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I have been behind enemy lines. Once in a city in the middle of East Germany. Berlin was divided by a wall that to cross meant certain death. Now it is one thing to be behind enemy lines, but to live... More > there is another matter. Working behind enemy lines at least brings the hope of returning to friendly territory or overcoming the enemy completely. But the world we live in, even in America, we are smack dead center of enemy territory and the enemy isn’t going anywhere, at least not until the Lord comes back and kicks Lucifer's tail. That’s right, when your Christian children are at home, school, daycare, or VBS, they are in enemy territory, belonging to Lucifer. But, Israel was in the same boat, especially after Nehemiah returned to rebuild the destroyed vulnerable city of Jerusalem. And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it. And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night. Nehemiah 4:7-9 Now we set a guard.< Less
The Devil Did Not Make Me Do It By Jeffrey Strickland
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Dr. Jeffrey Strickland is a mathematician who carefully calculates the measures of things, even to the extent of subatomic particles unseen by the naked eye. As he did with bosons and photons in... More > Quantum Phaith, he meticulously calculates the nature and impact of Lucifer, the fallen one. Taking a line from Flip Wilson's character, Geraldine Jones, Dr. Strickland proposes that we cannot blame all of our faults and failures on Satan. He suggests that by [sin] nature, we are perfectly capable of doing evil with no aid at all. For followers of Christ, Dr. Strickland affirms that the Devil is no match for the power of the Holy Spirit that indwells us. However, in order to be effective Christians, we must know our enemy and the environment that in which he operates. In "The Devil did not Make Me Do it," you will learn to discern between Lies of Lucifer and the Truth.< Less
Quantum Love By Jeffrey Strickland
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In Quantum Phaith (Faith), Dr. Strickland argued that Science and Scripture are not at odds and Faith has substance. In Quantum Hope, he argued that Hope is tangible. In Quantum Love, he argues that... More > Love is measureable. However, we cannot choose one of these in favor of the other. Certainly Love is the greatest, but a relationship exist between Faith, Hope, and Love, which requires all three working together. Quantum Love argues from the base of Scripture that Love is not some abstract concept and that real love is only possible with the presence of the Holy Spirit. Although the Bible is the basis, Dr. Strickland injects frequent episodes of “What I Learned at the Movies.” Often, Hollywood gets it wrong, but there is an occasional nugget.< Less
Logistic Regression Inside and Out By Jeffrey Strickland
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If you have a yes or no question, then you can probably answer it with a logistic regression model. Logistic regression is most appropriate when the dependent variable has two possible outcomes. Will... More > customers respond to an offer or unsubscribe, will the enemy fight or flee, will subjects respond to treatment or grow ill, will livestock live or die? Yes or no? I am often asked if logistic regression is a machine learning algorithm. I say that it is not, for I can formulate it mathematically and solve it using matrix equations, for example. Its solution is derived deterministically, and estimation is performed mathematically, through optimization methods. The logit link functionis the mathematical expression—a nonlinear, exponential equation, and we transform it to a linear equation by applying the natural logarithm. Here we find mathematical modeling, probability, and statistics. Here I will take you on a journey into the art and science of predictive modeling using logistic regression, inside-and-out.< Less
Data Analytics Using Open-Source Tools By Jeffrey Strickland
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This book is about Data Analytics. In that respect, it is like others. What distinguishes it from the rest is the variety of open-source tool applications. This book incorporates the use of R Studio,... More > Python, SAS Studio (University Edition), and KNIME. This book is also about manipulating Big Data. Apache Hadoop on Hortonworks Sandbox is introduced and we manage, move, handle, and transform data using Apache Hive, Apache Spark, MapReduce and TEZ, with terminal shell commands and Ambari. We show you how to set up a virtual machine in Microsoft Azure. We then use the data in later chapters for modeling. We cover Descriptive Modeling and Predictive. The content includes Support Vector Machines, Decision Tree learning, Random Forests, Naïve and Empirical Bayes, Gradient Boosting, Cluster Modeling, Generalized Linear Models, Logistic Regression, and Artificial Neural Networks. Every chapter includes completely worked examples using one or more open-source tools.< Less
Data Analytics Using Open-Source Tools By Jeffrey Strickland
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This book is about Data Analytics. In that respect, it is like others. What distinguishes it from the rest is the variety of open-source tool applications. This book incorporates the use of R Studio,... More > Python, SAS Studio (University Edition), and KNIME. This book is also about manipulating Big Data. Apache Hadoop on Hortonworks Sandbox is introduced and we manage, move, handle, and transform data using Apache Hive, Apache Spark, MapReduce and TEZ, with terminal shell commands and Ambari. We show you how to set up a virtual machine in Microsoft Azure. We then use the data in later chapters for modeling. We cover Descriptive Modeling and Predictive. The content includes Support Vector Machines, Decision Tree learning, Random Forests, Naïve and Empirical Bayes, Gradient Boosting, Cluster Modeling, Generalized Linear Models, Logistic Regression, and Artificial Neural Networks. Every chapter includes completely worked examples using one or more open-source tools.< Less
I Rode with Wallace By Jeffrey Strickland
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A few of my blog readers asked me to share this story of my military career as a series of blogs. When I set out writing about this saga, I was just writing. I had not planned for it to evolve into... More > lessons about leadership, but it did. Years before I set out on my military journey, a young officer on the staff of Thomas J “Stonewall” Jackson, wrote I Rode with Stonewall. I never really gave General William Scott Wallace a nickname, but if I had this book would be called, I Rode with the Calm Man or I Rode with the Quiet Man. I Rode with Wallace is about the modern U.S. Cavalry and my ride in it, even though that ride only lasted eight years. I did ride with Wallace for three of those eight, but I also rode with Cook and Broll, Mitchell and Vanwinkle, Charlton and Hardesty, Bates and McCoy. The book is organized into eight primary parts based on blogs I wrote. Yet there is more material than appeared in the blogs, including some unit histories and additional anecdotes.< Less
Missile Flight Simulation By Jeffrey Strickland
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A missile flight simulation is a computational tool that calculates the flight of a missile from launch until it engages the target. The simulation is based on mathematical models of the missile,... More > target and environment. This book provides instruction for the preparation of these mathematical models to simulate the flight of a surface-to-air missile. The 2nd Edition of Missile Flight Simulation provides updated simulation processes using MATLAB® and Simulink™, while improving and clarifying previous content. The book may be used as a reference or as a textbook, although it is devoid of exercises. However, the reader is encouraged to perform the simulation of Charter 12 using MATLAB® and Simulink™, or a programming language such as FORTRAN (see Chapter 10). The book is not intended to be a missile flight engineering reference and does not contain every aspect of missile flight. It provides the appropriate content for simulating missile flight from launch to terminus only.< Less
Quantum Hope By Jeffrey Strickland
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We all need hope, yet we do not really understand what the origin of this craving may be nor the ramifications of its completion. After the Fall of Man, something was missing and resulted in our... More > separation from God. Quantum hope reconnects us through of faith in Christ Jesus until that day when we will be fully restored. Quantum Hope is the sequel to Quantum Phaith and prequel to Quantum Love (not yet published). In Quantum Phaith, we learned what faith is defined in Hebrews 11:1: “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Quantum Hope examines the biblical hope as the connection between faith and love (1st Corinthians 13:13). Hope is that which we persevere for and the force that binds—an equilibrium. Unlike secular hope, quantum hope encompasses several ideas and is measurable. We will see that quantum hope is not only a character trait and a promise laid up in heaven, but also a Person: Christ.< Less
Data Science and Analytics for Ordinary People By Jeffrey Strickland
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Data Science and Analytics for Ordinary People is a collection of blogs I have written on LinkedIn over the past year. As I continue to perform big data analytics, I continue to discover, not only my... More > weaknesses in communicating the information, but new insights into using the information obtained from analytics and communicating it. These are the kinds of things I blog about and are contained herein. Data science and analytics have been used as synonyms on occasion. In reality data science includes data modeling, data mining, data analysis, database architecture and so on. Analytics is what we do to make sense of the data. That is, we take data and turn it into information for business decision makers. This our course implies that we translate our data science jargon into English.< Less