Can I ask you a more detailed question? Can you suggest resources to tackle machine learning and statistical inference of patterns in data? I am currently going through (http://www.amazon.com/Data-Mining-Techniques-Implementations...) and there is so much depth in it that I want to understand. This is why I wanted to strengthen my fundamentals first before moving on to the fancy stuff.
If you're in this field or have any idea of it can you suggest me a gentle introduction to the depths of it?