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"This broad and deep … book is organized around the highly significant concept of pattern recognition by support vector machines (SVMs). … The book is praxis and application oriented but with strong theoretical backing and support. Many … details are presented and discussed, thereby making the SVM both an easy-to-understand learning machine and a more likable data modeling (mining) tool. Shigeo Abe has produced the book that will become the standard … . I like it and therefore highly recommend this book … ." (Vojislav Kecman, SIAM Review, Vol. 48 (2), 2006)