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181. Algorithms, Complexity Analysis
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186. MRI from Picture to Proton
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181. Algorithms, Complexity Analysis and Vlsi Architectures for Mpeg-4 Motion Estimation
by Peter Kuhn, Kuhn Peter M.
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Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
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MPEG-4 is the multimedia standard for combining interactivity, natural and synthetic digital video, audio and computer-graphics. Typical applications are: internet, video conferencing, mobile videophones, multimedia cooperative work, teleteaching and games. With MPEG-4 the next step from block-based video (ISO/IEC MPEG-1, MPEG-2, CCITT H.261, ITU-T H.263) to arbitrarily-shaped visual objects is taken. This significant step demands a new methodology for system analysis and design to meet the considerably higher flexibility of MPEG-4.Motion estimation is a central part of MPEG-1/2/4 and H.261/H.263 video compression standards and has attracted much attention in research and industry, for the following reasons: it is computationally the most demanding algorithm of a video encoder (about 60--80% of the total computation time), it has a high impact on the visual quality of a video encoder, and it is not standardized, thus being open to competition.Algorithms, Complexity Analysis, and VLSI Architectures for MPEG-4 Motion Estimation covers in detail every single step in the design of a MPEG-1/2/4 or H.261/H.263 compliant video encoder:- Fast motion estimation algorithms- Complexity analysis tools - Detailed complexity analysis of a software implementation of MPEG-4 video - Complexity and visual quality analysis of fast motion estimation algorithms within MPEG-4- Design space on motion estimation VLSI architectures- Detailed VLSI design examples of (1) a high throughput and (2) a low-power MPEG-4 motion estimator.Algorithms, Complexity Analysis and VLSI Architectures for MPEG-4 Motion Estimation is an important introduction to numerous algorithmic, architectural and system design aspects of the multimedia standard MPEG-4. As such, all researchers, students and practitioners working in image processing, video coding or system and VLSI design will find this book of interest. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for research on motion estimation in MPEG4
For mpeg4 motion estimation, it is the only book on the market that well explains and covers with complete algorithms analysis. The references of the papers for each chapter give you more clues about the each algorithm implementation. I would recommend also reference to ISO/IEC 14496-5 MPEG4 codec software and specs to help you understand MPEG4 codec in digital video processing and implementation on streaming media

5-0 out of 5 stars professional book for implementation
an exceleent book with deep investigation on motion estimation. you can find most algorithms proposed before with complete references. The author also provides a profiling tool which is so efficent for complexity analysis. you will be able to benefit it definitly :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Exactly what you need to know
You're looking for the alogritm of making video confrence, orany video transfer, this is the book for you! While reading youunderstand where the price coming from! The Author knows the matterialvery well, and lets the reader to understand the mpeg-4 technology! ... Read more

182. RFID (McGraw-Hill Networking Professional)
by StevenShepard
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Catlog: Book (2004-08-16)
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With estimates of the market as high as $10 billion over the next decade, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is a booming new wireless technology being adapted by retailers to track inventories via a microchip tagged product.This book is a basic introduction, walking readers through the complete implementation and monitoring process, and offers in-depth coverage of related business and security issues.

Contents: Defining RFID * Underlying Technologies * Technological Competitors * Current RFID Applications * Future RFID Applications * RFID/WiFi/3G/Bluetooth Coexistence * Implementations * Potential Roadblocks * RFID Security * RFID Chips, Readers, and Application Sets * Short and Long Term Forecasts ... Read more

183. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (3-Volume Set)
by David D. Stark, William G. Bradley
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Asin: 0815185189
Catlog: Book (1999-01-15)
Publisher: C.V. Mosby
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2-0 out of 5 stars Only for reference
I bought this book to learn MRI, but the work is more of an encylopedia than a readable textbook. It contains too much useless information, while the important material is not particularly well written, presented, or organized; for example, the first 300 pages of physics is too often impenetrable and consistently overly theoretical, esp. the parts written by PhD's as opposed to MD's. The chapters are inconsistent in quality, varying from poor to very good. Although the book was supposedly printed in 1999, most of the references are 7-8 years old, the most recent being around 1995; this book is hardly state-of-the-art in its field. It is hard to believe that a book this expensive and in its 3rd edition could have so many typographical errors; did anyone proofread this book? The print is very small, the smallest I've ever seen in a top-of-the-line radiology reference work. On the plus side, it is well illustrated and an outline precedes each chapter.


184. Digital Animation Bible: Creating Professional Animation with 3ds Max, Lightwave, and Maya
by GeorgeAvgerakis, George Avgerakis
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-02)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars why this book is the one...
I bought the 'Digital Animation Bible' in December 2003 and I've been reading and re-reading it ever since. I can honestly say that it is about the most useful book of its kind that I've ever come across. My background is in graphics and digital audio and I would describe my general knowledge of computing as strong...but you don't need that much computer experience to get major benefits from reading this.

The book offers comprehensive overviews of the three leading animation programs (3ds Max, Lightwave and Maya) and also gives extensive coverage to general information about virtually every aspect of the field. If you're starting out with either no knowledge or just a general grasp, you should finish up with a very clear idea of what's going on and how you could get in on the action.

Normally, I get bored with shelf-busters because they often don't tell you much you don't already know - or if they do, they take relatively straight forward ideas and pedal them out over so many pages that you either loose the thread, or fall asleep before you arrive at the meat of the issue.

George Avgeraki's book is different. He's got a real knack for condensing key ideas into just a few pages or paragraphs in such a way as to make it possible for you to 'get it' with comparative ease. He also has a positive and enthusiastic 'can do' writing style that makes it easy to absorb what he's pitching you.

There is a great intro to splines, an extremely revealing description of the use by professionals of 3rd party compositing programs for rendering, and lots excellent insights on how people actually approach their work on a day to day basis.

The chapter on 'objects and surfaces' is particularly worth visiting - even if you think that you already have the basic idea.

One of the unique things about this manual that sets it apart from the competition is that George Avgerakis has peppered it with lots of valuable little nuggets from his business experience in the field. He's done this in a way that's funny and entertaining - it never gets in the way of the the reason why you're reading the book - but it's illuminating, whether your coming to this field as freelancer or as potential (or actual) employee. If you want some insight into what your client or employer is looking for from you in the computer animation game then you can get that perspective courtesy of Mr Avgerakis.

So, in summary, a great book and well worth your reading time. ... Read more

185. Satellite Communications
by DennisRoddy
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Catlog: Book (2001-03-15)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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THE DEFINITIVE REFERENCE ON SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS Satellite Communications, Third Edition is the latest update of the reference widely regarded as the most complete and accessible intro to this dynamic area of engineering. This edition has been revised to include the hottest applications in a rapidly growing field with expanded coverage of CDMA…new Internet via satellite and digital TV broadcasting chapters…an expanded section on geostationary orbits…error correction coding…and a preview of coming applications and growth. Author Dennis Roddy’s authoritative and readable treatment provides you with:

Full descriptions of hardware, including satellite structures, antennas, earth stations, and onboard systems
Cutting-edge applications such as wireless Internet, telephony, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and worldwide broadcasts of digital TV
New information on ATM, TCP/IP, and LEO networking over satellites, mobile systems, and onboard switching
Details on methods, orbits, links, access, signals, modulation, and interference
All examples and problems worked in MathCad, with mathematical complexities pared to a minimum ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Roddey; very good intermediate level book.
This book is very suitable for either an undergraduate EE student, or an interested laymen with modest communications knowledge (i.e. HAM radio, etc..). Roddey's writing style is fairly clear and crisp, and other reviewers are on the mark.

The technical content is fairly thorough for introductory
to intermediate purposes. However, this is definately not a "reference" or "bible" type book; nothing too exotic is contained therein.

The book has some nicely written chapters on general communications theory (i.e. channel capacity, etc..),
however, the content and treatment is skimpy.
If your interested in satellite communications but
don't know much about die-hard communications theory,
you'd be better of getting a companion book specifically
for that purpose [i.e. Sklar or Proakisl; both authors
have books called "Digital Communications"].

All in all, the book delivers what it promises and is
worth the price... Probably one of the top 4 books to
get on Satellite Communications... Also look into
[Timothy Pratt book; Gerard Maral book; and also Tri T Ha for those looking for a much more advanced book].

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the general satelite books
I am a communications engineer and I found the comm section of this book superbly written. The presentation is crystal clear and examples illuminating. A rare book that keeps theory to a minimum and conveys the maximum amount of practical knowledge. I recommend it highly. You may also see my other recommendations in the communications area at my website ....

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good
This is the book we needed for a total understanding of the Satellite Systems. Easy to read, easy to understand, from basic concepts as the Kepler Theory to up to date technologies, as digital satellite communications. Maybe the mathcad equations should be replaced by normal format equations, with an appendix regarding the mathcad work. Recommended for those who want to understand thoroughly about this matter, or for a college course on the subject. I will recommend the book to the Satellite Systems teacher at the University I teach.

5-0 out of 5 stars A true classic text of its topic.
Roddy writes in an easy to follow style and includes many examples and exercises. The examples and exercises are oriented towards using MathCad as a tool as well. Get this book if you need enlightenment on the fundamentals of satellite communications.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference!!
Roddy has written the definitive reference on Satellite Communications. All the main topics are covered here including orbital mechanics, on board systems, ground stations and link analysis. Topics are covered in sufficient detail but in easy to understand format appropriate for self study. Digitally processed payloads are also covered here, but I would have liked to see information on recent trends in on board switching, ATM over satellite and TCP/IP over satellite. I would also have liked to see more information about mobile systems and networking over LEO systems. These omissions do not detract from the overall quality, rather, they are sugesstions for future revisions of the text. Another suggestion would be to move the references from the back of the text to the end of each chapter. The basic content here is solid! ... Read more

186. MRI from Picture to Proton
by Donald W. McRobbie, Elizabeth A. Moore, Martin J. Graves, Martin R. Prince
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Asin: 0521523192
Catlog: Book (2002-12-05)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Sales Rank: 249204
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This book presents the basics of MR practice and theory in a unique way: backwards! The subject is approached just as a new practitioner typically encounters MRI: from images, equipment, and scanning protocols, rather than pages of dry physics theory. The reader is brought immediately face-to-face with issues pertinent to practice; filling in the theoretical background as their experience of scanning grows. Key ideas are introduced in an intuitive manner that is faithful to the underlying physics but avoids the need for difficult or distracting mathematics. Additional explanations for the more technically inquisitive are given in optional secondary text boxes. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Picture to Proton, The Right Way Round
Anyone who has tried to teach MR to non-physicists is used to two dilemas.
How do you keep a student interested while you lay the "necessary groundwork" to explain MRI ?
How do you give craft an intuitive explanation without oversimplifications that can be hard to explain away later?
These authors find a way. They present MR in the way we experience it, starting with the questions everyone faces first about images, contrast resolutionm, and using those questions to guide a path to the mechanisms of image production, signal generation and manipulation.
The easy flowing style underlines the skill and credibility of the authors, while side boxes offer historical perspectives and deeper treatment of key topics.
IMHO, This the perfect first text, and a great desk reference for all MR users. ... Read more

187. IS-95 CDMA and cdma 2000: Cellular/PCS Systems Implementation
by Vijay K. Garg
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Asin: 0130871125
Catlog: Book (1999-12-09)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
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2-0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners
I have had this book for a couple of years. Reading it following the chapters of the book, I was frustrated by the lack of cohesion. New names were introduced without much explanations. Index section could be more complete. It is somewhat useful as a reference for certain details

5-0 out of 5 stars An introduction to IS-95, and a glance to CDMA2000
The book's content is organized very well. I recommend the book those readers, as it is stated in its preface, who needs an easy and smooth introduction to IS-95 and CDMA 2000, but not requiring a detailed mathematical analysis, or complex and complete systems architectures, network protocols. The book gives a good outline of IS-95 and explain the advances coming with CDMA 2000.

3-0 out of 5 stars "cdma2000" should not be in the title of this book!
This book has only one chapter on cdma2000, most of which is a re-work of what's available from standard specifications and freely downloadable from .... The use of "cdma2000" in the title of this book is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, as the book provides little insight beyond what's readily (and cryptically) available elsewhere. The treatment of IS-95 is deeper, particularly on handoff. Coverage of power control is terse. On the whole, this book provides good grounding for IS-95 (cdmaOne), yet leaves the reader to make appropriate connections to cdma2000.

3-0 out of 5 stars MIGRATION FROM IS-95 TO CDMA2000

5-0 out of 5 stars Tremenda guia para saber todo sobre el IS-95 actual y sobre
Con este libro,se llega a dominar los conocimientos del IS-95 y tambien se entera uno de su tecnologia hermana futura CDMA2000. Mi opinion muy particular,creo que despues de entender el CDMA( gracias a esta literatura y otras del Dr Garg), llego a la conclusion que el CDMA IS-95, es la mejor tecnologia de acceso inalambrica del mundo, muy superior al GSM( ya que esta basado en el TDMA). De hecho, la evolucion del GSM hacia 3G, era extremadamente obligatoria, ya que estaba en juego su supervivencia, en cambio el CDMA, evoluciona a 3G muy facil, pues crecer sumando codigos es mas facil que crecer compartiendo y limitando cada vez mas el uso de los slot times,para voz y datos. ... Read more

188. Information Ecologies: Using Technology with Heart
by Bonnie A. Nardi, Vicki L. O'Day
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Catlog: Book (2000-02-28)
Publisher: The MIT Press
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Information Ecologies: Using Technology with Heart is Bonnie Nardi and Vicki O'Day's thesis on how the average citizen has become distanced from the process of designing technology, resulting in technology that doesn't adequately serve the user's needs. Using the plot of the film Metropolis as their primary example, the authors explain how those who are creating technology are pouring their hearts into it, but aren't using their heads enough to anticipate whether "our creations can betray us."

Nardi and O'Day first draw on the works of prominent technology authors--such as Langdon Winner, Jacques Ellul, Nicholas Negroponte, and Clifford Stoll--examining various perspectives on technology design. Next, they define information ecology as "a system of people, practices, values, and technologies in a particular local environment." The book then urges readers to become involved in information ecologies and explains how to do so. Several case studies highlight successful information ecologies: a library setting, which emphasizes diversity of human personalities and technical resources without competition; Longview Elementary School in Phoenix, where students and educators collaborate to establish guidelines for responsible use of a virtual community called Pueblo; and a digital photography class, where the focus is on the value of the content being created rather than the sophisticated tools needed to perform the task of creation. A slim but inspiring book, Information Ecologies opens our eyes to the technology we use daily and prompts us to question how it could be better used or designed to meet our goals. --Cristina Vaamonde ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good Explanation of How People Deal With Technology.
I was fortunate enough to know Bonnie Nardi when I worked for AT&T. I read her book and enjoyed it. She is an anthropologist and this book explains how humans deal with technology. Might be a little advanced for some, but give it a try.

2-0 out of 5 stars Great title, but dissapointing content
The book grabs the reader with an interesting title then immediately starts off with a look at a boring movie and then reviews of even more boring competing therories. Finally the authors reveal the information ecology therory. Unfortuanately, the don't offer much to back up their view and paint a picture of it being another feel good PC therory. Too bad since they have a valid point that will sadly be lost as another PC mistake...

3-0 out of 5 stars A great concept with weak follow through
I really wanted Information Ecologies: Using Technology with Heart by Bonnie Nardi and Vicki O'Day to be a great book.Unfortunately it was only OK.As a librarian, with an undergraduate degree in Anthropology, I wasintrigued that O'Day was described as a graduate student in anthropologyand that the authors were using a library setting as one of their casestudies.Finally, I thought, someone will definitively present to theworld the value of what it is librarians DO and with anthropologicallyinformed insight!

The authors do a very good job of summarizing thevarious "framing conversations" and "metaphors" thathave been used to talk about technology and as the basis for analyzing theimpact of technological change.They cite many books that I have read andenjoyed as thought-provoking discussions of technology and its role insociety (Being Digital, Silicon Snake Oil, The Gutenberg Elegies,Technopoly, Life on the Screen) and use them to bolster their arguments inways that will probably encourage others to seek out those books and readthem (in fact I am inspired to delve into "ancient history" andread some of the older, seminal works the authors cite).

The writingstyle of the book is very clear and cordial but every time I felt I wasbeing led through interesting discourse to a logical conclusion orculminating POINT I would exit a paragraph or chapter feeling somehow thatthere was no "there" there.

Interesting questions were raisedand a persuasive thesis was put forward concerning why the old ways ofthinking about technology should be superceded by their metaphor of"information ecology".The authors note (pg. 70) that "Itis common to leap ahead to 'how' questions when we think about technology.[...] It is less common - but crucially important - to ask a full range of"why questions as well [...]"But at the end of the firstsection I felt *all* I had was a framework of questions, and no discussionof how the answers define an information ecology. The authors"conclusion" (page 74) was apparently that the whole matter is a"complex business" and "change can become confusing andoverwhelming" but "talk" and "experiments" and"local settings" are the answer.

To which I heaved a sigh of"HUH?" and moved on to part 2 where I was promised that we would"look in detail at specific information ecologies ... [and] seeexamples that show diversity, coevolution, keystone species, and theapplication of values".OK!I was ready for some solid field workand logical analysis of the data to substantiate their new way of examiningtechnology.What did I find?Redundant, boring, embarrassing andCONFUSING transcripts of interactions that definitely lost something in thetranslation.I have personal and extensive experience in environmentssimilar to those described in chapters 7 (Librarians: a keystone species)and 9 (Cultivating Gardeners: the importance of homegrown expertise) and Icouldn't tell how the material presented was supposed to illustrate theirpoints!This is not to say that I didn't find much of the discussioninteresting as a point of departure for thinking about those situations -but the transcripts of interviews were a distraction and waste of time. They should have been relegated to footnotes (or left out entirely).Bythe time I got to Chapter 10 and had to read interviews that were filledwith "Yeah. And it's weird. I thought it was weird how you can get apicture into the computer" ... well, ya know it was, like, gag mewith a spoon, ya know?

The last chapter was primarily a rehash of dozensof articles praising the Internet "as a riveting global phenomenonwith important implications for local information ecologies".Theystate that "Information ecologies are local habitations withrecognizable participants and practices" but nothing in the previous184 pages had demonstrated that to me!I felt as if Chapter 13 had beentacked on to fill the book out to a reasonable length.

In spite of itall, I give the book 3 stars (I'd give it 2 1/2 if I could) because of thefirst section and the interesting observations that are scattered in thesecond section.The concluding paragraph on the last page quotes AnnieDillard - "we need to call our attention to what passes before oureyes".This book DOES do that - but I had hoped for so much more.

4-0 out of 5 stars Going beyond the technology
Information Ecologies:Using Technology with Heart is a good book that caters to both technical and non-technical individuals. The authors try tosway readers into believing that technology is more than just a physicalstructure. Technology affects how people react at home, school, work, etc.The authors try to prove this point through interviews, field research,past theories, and even the movie Metropolis.

Since we are headinginto a total technical dominated world, I think it is very important thatwe not only know "how" to use a certain technology, but"why" we use a certain technology. By trying to understandingtechnology this way, we will then be to communicate our thoughts to othersand find ways to use technology a lot more effectively.

The book showsthat no matter what work you do or what your age is. Technology will havean impact on our lives. With technology such as e-mail and the internetbeing used by almost the entire world, a book such as Information Ecologiesis a good first step to critically think about "why" we are usingthese technologies.

3-0 out of 5 stars I would opt for the paperback version.
Well the book Information Ecologies: Using Technology with Heart by Bonnie Nardi and Vicki O'day was a good book.It is really easy to read and thepoints are brought out fairly well.The key points of users finding"healthy information ecologies" are fairly laid out.

I really felt thatthis book tries"to change the way people look at information technology." The instances/studies they refer to, claim that technology pushes fordiversity, better education, better jobs, etc.The book is easy to readand friendly to both the computer literate and illiterate.The second halfof the book mainly states case studies and how others have found theirinformation ecology.I guess the authors try to make us realize thatacceptance and assimilation into the technological world can be beneficialin a myriad of ways.Although, I failed to find the answer to the question"Is technology built for the need, or does technology build the need?"

Itis a good book because of its references and its clear concepts it getsacross to the reader.But I do find that their happy medium of living ininformation ecologies was anticlimactic for me.Since, I already encompasstechnology from having & obtaining this book (buying it on,having it sent via US Postal-bar-coding, writing the review with my wordprocessor, and then posting it online). The only non-technical thingabout me using the book was actually reading it.Thus, I am biased towardsthe use and importance of technology, prior to reading this book. ... Read more

189. 3G Wireless with 802.16 and 802.11 (McGraw-Hill Professional Engineering)
by ClintSmith, JohnMeyer
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Asin: 0071440828
Catlog: Book (2004-08-24)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
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The integration of 802.11 (Wi-Fi) and 802.16 (Wi-Max) into wireless networks is a major new potential revenue stream for service providers.This rigorous tutorial shows communications engineers how to re-engineer existing networks to integrate the new standards.

Contents: Introduction * Radio Engineering * Network Engineering * Digital Wireless Systems * 802.11 * 802.16 * 802.20 * Convergence Wireless Mobility ... Read more

190. DVD Demystified Third Edition
by Jim Taylor
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U.S DVD sales will top $8.1 billion in 2002, an increase of over 50%, according to Adams Media Research. DVD sales this year surpassed video, even though only 30% of households have DVD players (compared to 90% for VCRs). In August 2002 the New York Times dubbed DVD “the most successful home entertainment device in history…a true pop-culture phenomenon.”DVD Demystified has served as DVD’s bible since the format first shipped in 1997. Demystifying not only basic technology issues but detailing production and authoring processes, making sense out of the plethora of battling video, audio, and data formats, and clearly explaining how DVD standards and specs dovetail or clash with related digital media standards, this book has not only become DVD’s standard reference, but also required reading for DVD enthusiasts who wanting to peer behind the scenes and figure out how to get the most from their technology.Since then, Jim Taylor has become DVD’s most visible guru, now President of the DVD Association, author of the internet DVD FAQ, and profiled by E!Online and DVD Report.This third edition will be almost completely rewritten to cover the major technology, format, and standard changes of the past three years, and will once again include a DVD designed to show the extreme limits of performance of this dynamic technology. ... Read more

191. Fiber Optics Technician's Manual
by Jim Hayes
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Catlog: Book (2000-11-07)
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
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Fiber Optic Technician's Manual, now in its second edition, continues to serve as a practical guide for the designer, installer, and troubleshooter of fiber optic cable plants and networks used in today's communications systems. Comprehensive in scope, this book addresses applications of fiber optics including telephone, CATV, and computer networks. Discussion centers on the basics of the technology, the components used, and their installation. Based on materials developed by trainers for their own training programs, including the successful "Fiber U" program, Fiber Optic Technician's Manual, 2nd Edition has been thoughtfully updated and now features new applications, plus new components and processes that have become widely used in the industry. Hints at the future of this rapidly evolving technology are also included. ... Read more

192. RF & Microwave Circuit Design for Wireless Applicatons
by KaiChang, InderBahl, VijayNair, Vijay Nair, Shyam Murarka, T. Chow, Edward Allen, Rob Thallon
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Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
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This is the first book to provide comprehensive coverage of hardware and circuit design specifically for engineers working in wireless communications. It serves as a reference for practicing engineers and technicians working in the areas of RF, microwaves, communications, solid-state devices, and radar. ... Read more

193. Satellite Communications
by TimothyPratt, Charles W.Bostian, Jeremy E.Allnutt
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Includes chapters on orbital mechanics, spacecraft construction, satellite-path radio wave propagation, modulation techniques, multiple access, and a detailed analysis of the communications link. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars This is NOT 'Satellites for Dummies'...
I recently took a Satellite Communications course at the university I attend and this was the textbook. I must say this book is really expensive for what you're likely to get out of it; as the book doesn't really seem to have much of a point. It isn't very well written/edited for a book you would want to learn the subject matter from if you didn't know anything about satellite communications; and it doesn't include enough usable, pertinent data for keeping as a reference book for experienced users. Mostly the book explains concepts in a convoluted and confusing manner, doesn't fully explain them, or adds all sorts of extraneous material not explained in the book into the review sections (which we used as some of our assignments). If you like taking Microsoft computer certification tests, enjoy brain-teasers and riddles, you're already an electrical engineer/astrophysics major with a few years experience, or your last name is "Hawking" you may find this to be a good book. But, if you know little to nothing about satellite communications (orbital mechanics, transmission encoding methods, frequency spectrums, theory of radio transmissions, etc.) my suggestion is look for another book on the subject and get this one from your local library. If you MUST buy this book like I did, do yourself a favor by getting it 'Used' and save yourself some money. By the way, I was told this book is no longer used for this course for some of these same reasons.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book but needs significant improvement
I am a lecturer and used this book for my class.

I like the material presented in this book. It contains many examples and discussion on real applications. However the organization of this book is not good. It is just like putting several people's work together without appropriate coordination of the material.

As a second edition of the book, it contains too much errors. You can find many errors in almost each chapter. I have to check carefully before I use their examples, equations and solutions. Otherwise I will get embarassed by letting the students pointing it out in my lecture. It is absolutely a shame.

If you are an engineer who are already familiar with data communications and can tell those errors, this book is a good choice. But if you are a student, I sugget you stay away from it unless it is the textbook chosen by your lecturer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for a beginner
I read this book as a reference rather than a formal class textbook. As a self-studying student, the first book I bought to study satellite communications was the famouns 'Digital Satellite Communications' ritten by Dr. Tri t. Ha. It is actually a quite good book. However it was just too much for a eginner. Too much mathmatical fomulars and too less literatual explanation for a new concept. It took 8 months to read just one third of the book during my militarry service. Since I have been assigned to a digital satellite earthstation construction project recently, I needed a new book that explains more practically and easilly. This 'Satellite Communications' by Dr. Timothy Pratt and Dr. Charles W. Bostian.

To cover allmost all area of the satellite communications, the overall composition is simillar to other books. At charper 3, 'SPACECRAFT', I could find fine explanation on the satellite beam and coverage. Especially, this helps me with understanding and analyzing the SRS-CDROM data. This is really great for me. Some basic and important concepts like Noise, C/N and G/T are very well descibed in chapter 4, 'SATELLITE LINK DESIGN'. Freankly, most books tend to jump to mathmatical method to explain concepts. The author spared more pages to explain the concept and the physical meaning of the terminology. I know this is a very eficient and simple way to show the existing and potential meaning of terminology. But there are hundreds of good reasons to have this kind of kind book for a slowly understanding engineer like me. :-) At chapter 5 and 6 to explain the modulation, multiplexing and multiple access, there are less fomulas and more tables and graphs. First, I read over those two chapters and went back to Dr. Ha's book above to learn the mathmatical expression. That's how you can expand the concept to individual field applications. The 'Design of Large Antennas' in chapter 9, 'EARTH STATION TECHNOLOGY' was helpful for me, too. It is pretty hard to find propper information about large antennas ahtough you have to face a bunch of confusing terminologies when you visit antenna company web sites like Vertex, RSI (recently merged to Vertex to make VertexRSI), or Datron.

I believe the combination of this ook, 'Satellite Communications' and 'Digital Satellite Communications' will give you almost all knowledge you need from fundamental to practical level in satellite communications engineering field. ... Read more

194. GPRS: General Packet Radio Service (Professional Telecom)
by Regis "Bud" J. Bates, Regis J. B. Bates
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Catlog: Book (2001-11-12)
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Average Customer Review: 3.43 out of 5 stars
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Implement General Packet Radio Service for fast, direct wireless Internet access

Now you can get accurate, crystal clear information on lightning fast, always-on GPRS, the 2.5G technology that’s setting the pace today in handheld Internet access. You’ll find it in GPRS: General Packet Radio Service, the first and only guide to answer such fundamental questions as "What is it?" "How does it work?" and "How much is it going to cost me?" The author, telecom expert and best-selling writer R.J. "Bud" Bates, reveals GPRS’s features, functions, and architecture, information crucial whether you’re providing or applying GPRS. His straightforward, abundantly illustrated, step-by-step presentation of how GPRS works, how it connects the Internet, and how to implement it will help you put GPRS in place quickly and profitably as you explore:

  • The complete layout of GPRS system architecture
  • The function of GPRS elements
  • Interfaces--radio and MS-PCUSN, MS-SGSN, PCUSN-SGSN, SGSN-GGSN, and GGSN-PDN
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2-0 out of 5 stars Marred by grammatical and technical typos
This book "could" have been a great book had Mr. Bates proofread it once before publishing it. Having read GSM and GPRS papers before reading this book, I have to say that this book is replete with technical snafus [a case in point for those who suspect is on pg. 30 third paragraph of the Introduction to GSM chapter "paging message sent over PAGCH"] Now anyone with half a brain knows that
1. PAGCH is a GPRS logical channel NOT GSM.
2. It is an Access Grant channel NOT a paging channel which in case of GSM is PCH and PPCH in GPRS.

Now someone new to GPRS would be confused as hell after reading this [I admit I was confused for a couple of minutes too :-), since I am not supposed to be the expert but Mr. Bates was]

Structure wise the book is okay but needs a stringent review of the rambling grammer and the blatant mistakes. IMO its not worth forking 60 bucks. If Mr. Bates is reading this, I adjure you sir to take some time off from your speaking tours and correct the mistakes in this book.

Am giving it two stars for good layout. Taking away three stars for incorrect content.

1-0 out of 5 stars Lack of context
Too much GPRS specific and lacking deep insight in GPRS deployment aspects

5-0 out of 5 stars GPRS General Packet Radio Service
Excellent book! Written in easy to understand language but also provides the detail needed to help in understanding this technology. As with all the books written by Mr. Bates, this is a qualty piece of material.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference book on GPRS, a must for your Tel.library
This book has a well structured flow and brings you up to speed quickly on GPRS. Easy to read, yet very informative.

This book would also make a great textbook, it helped me to come up to speed quickly. Great explanation of layers and interfaces. To the point, with plenty of supporting illustrations.

5-0 out of 5 stars Should be titles GPRS simplified!
Great book on GPRS. I have read a couple of others on the subject, but this one I found was the best one out there. Written so anyone can understand. Examples and the structure of this book is right on the money! Great reference book, I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about GPRS and have it stick!!! ... Read more

195. Galois Theory (Pure and Applied Mathematics: A Wiley-Interscience Series of Texts, Monographs and Tracts)
by David A.Cox
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An introduction to one of the most celebrated theories of mathematics

Galois theory is one of the jewels of mathematics. Its intrinsic beauty, dramatic history, and deep connections to other areas of mathematics give Galois theory an unequaled richness. David Cox’s Galois Theory helps readers understand not only the elegance of the ideas but also where they came from and how they relate to the overall sweep of mathematics.

Galois Theory covers classic applications of the theory, such as solvability by radicals, geometric constructions, and finite fields. The book also delves into more novel topics, including Abel’s theory of Abelian equations, the problem of expressing real roots by real radicals (the casus irreducibilis), and the Galois theory of origami. Anyone fascinated by abstract algebra will find careful discussions of such topics as:

  • The contributions of Lagrange, Galois, and Kronecker
  • How to compute Galois groups
  • Galois’s results about irreducible polynomials of prime or prime-squared degree
  • Abel’s theorem about geometric constructions on the lemniscate

With intriguing Mathematical and Historical Notes that clarify the ideas and their history in detail, Galois Theory brings one of the most colorful and influential theories in algebra to life for professional algebraists and students alike. ... Read more

196. DWDM Network Designs and Engineering Solutions
by Ashwin Gumaste, Tony Antony, Tony Anthony
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Catlog: Book (2002-12-13)
Publisher: Pearson Education
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A comprehensive book on DWDM network design and implementation solutions

Design Software Included

  • Study various optical communication principles as well as communication methodologies in an optical fiber
  • Design and evaluate optical components in a DWDM network
  • Learn about the effects of noise in signal propagation, especially from OSNR and BER perspectives
  • Design optical amplifier-based links
  • Learn how to design optical links based on power budget
  • Design optical links based on OSNR
  • Design a real DWDM network with impairment due to OSNR, dispersion, and gain tilt
  • Classify and design DWDM networks based on size and performance
  • Understand and design nodal architectures for different classification of DWDM networks
  • Comprehend different protocols for transport of data over the DWDM layer
  • Learn how to test and measure different parameters in DWDM networks and optical systems

The demand for Internet bandwidth grows as new applications, new technologies, and increased reliance on the Internet continue to rise. Dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) is one technology that allows networks to gain significant amounts of bandwidth to handle this growing need. DWDM Network Designs and Engineering Solutions shows you how to take advantage of the new technology to satisfy your network's bandwidth needs. It begins by providing an understanding of DWDM technology and then goes on to teach the design, implementation, and maintenance of DWDM in a network. You will gain an understanding of how to analyze designs prior to installation to measure the impact that the technology will have on your bandwidth and network efficiency. This book bridges the gap between physical layer and network layer technologies and helps create solutions that build higher capacity and more resilient networks.

Companion CD-ROM
The companion CD-ROM contains a complimentary 30-day demo from VPIphotonics™ for VPItransmissionMaker™, the leading design and simulation tool for photonic components, subsystems, and DWDM transmission systems. VPItransmissionMaker contains 200 standard demos, including demos from Chapter 10, that show how to simulate and characterize devices, amplifiers, and systems.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on Optical Networking
The book is an excellent source of information for network design and product development. It covers all aspects of optical network design. No other book covers this aspect of network design as this one does. Network classificaiton and explanation is very contemporary and cutting edge technologies are shown in the manuscript. The futures section covers technologies that seem most appropriate for real time networks. The simulation software is useful for physical layer design as well as network layer routing and wavelength assignment strategies....
Looking to a second edition hopefully soon..


5-0 out of 5 stars 'The' book for DWDM networks
This is good book, giving comprehensive details on the DWDM networks. I think its a helpful reference for beginners as well as those in this field for quite some time. Especially the coverage on WDM network design is really good. I hope we get to hear more from the authors!! But for now...this is truely a must-have for this topic!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book
This is really a good book covering the various aspects of Optical networking. The networking part is dealt smoothly, but a slight editting is required in the sections where the authors discuss about the various equations and the physical characteristics of fibers.

Overall, this is a good book and hope the authors will bring a quick second edition with more topics on the state-of-the art technologies.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly one of its kind!
DWDM Network Designs and Engineering Solutions is truly one of its kind.It provides very exhaustive and meticulous coverage of all aspects of DWDM technology ranging from the simplest of concepts in Optical Networking to the different intricacies involved in designing cost effective and efficient networks.Authors have explained network designing techniques, expressing various considerations in a simplified manner,which makes understanding far more easier and fun!I highly recommend this book, as an excellent effort explaining in good detail,right from the basics in the optical domain to different ideas, communication techniques and approaches in network design and implementation. A must have!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellence par brilliance!!!!
This book is extremely well organized, easy to read and makes understanding optical networking so easy. The good aspect is the design considerations. On the negative side the book is not very liong and I hope there is a second edition. I am offering courses with this book as a tutorial guide and i findit better than contemporary books. ... Read more

197. Ham Radio for Dummies
by WardSilver
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-12)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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You can be a lifesaver while you make new friends

Find out about ham radio, prepare for your license, and join the fun!

Hams do cool things like talking to folks around the world and helping with communications during emergencies. If hamming it up sounds like fun, here’s the scoop, including licensing requirements and how to set up a station. And if you’re already licensed, this book will help you start sounding (and feeling) like a pro!

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Understand ham jargon
  • Communicate on the air
  • Prepare for the license exam
  • Set up a radio shack
  • Help in an emergency or natural disaster
  • Be a ham on the go
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5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific reference
Ward Silver's "Dummies" book is terrific for beginners and experienced hams alike. It's not about the technical details of the hobby, really, but about how to get into ham radio and most of operating basics. I was licensed many years ago, but after a few years of operating, went into "hibernation" for about 20 years before rediscovering ham radio. This book has helped me catch up on all of the advances made in the last two decades. What's really helpful are all the references to other sources (such as websites) that take you deeper into the hobby. An outstanding addition to my "ham shack"!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to a fun avocation
I am often asked why I am still interested in ham radio when it is so easy for people to communicate by e-mail and cellular phone. The answer, as is so forcefully brought home in this excellent book, is that ham radio is fun, challenging, rewarding, and provides opportunities for personal growth.

While the major objective of the book is to provide information to get newcomers into the hobby and to help get them productive and successful, there is something here that can be useful to even the most experienced operators. There are many ways people have found to enjoy the various technical, recreational, educational, and social aspects of ham radio. They are covered in this well-written book.

Ward is an operator of the first caliber. His advice is based upon personal experience, not based upon interpreting what some others person has told him. He is also a very funny person and he has a unique ability to find whatever humor exists in a situation. Therefore the tone of his book is light and eminently readable. More particularly, it does not suffer from the dry style that I found in similar books.

People who are interested in developing new skills, expanding their minds, and building relationships will find ham radio a great hobby. I recommend this book as a means of becoming successful quickly. Experienced hams will find hints that are more valuable than the modest cost of the book. Finally, those like me who were away from the hobby for a while will find a good summary of what they have missed while they were away.

A terrific read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get a good idea of what's in the forest
Have you ever wondered about those "amateur radio" license plates you see on cars? Do you see disproportionally large antennas on tall towers at some homes? Wouldn't it be really neat to be able to set up an antenna, radio, and antenna and communicate from literally anywhere, to just about anywhere, in any kind of weather, without having to be tethered to some electrical outlet? If you think I'm kidding about this, I'm not--people do this very thing everyday, from houses, hotels, boats, bikes, International Space Station, while hiking, running errands, or just seeing how many countries they can contact! Yes, you read right--different countries, from bicycles! Please stop me before I type another exclamation point!

Well, this is an excellent book to start with, in the familiar "for Dummies" format that flies you over the forest that is ham radio, and gives an overview of: signal formats, operating tips and advice, public and emergency service, radio contesting, station setup, and a number of other concerns of the hobby.

Mr. Silver has done a fine job of blending amateur radio with the Dummies editorial style, to present ham radio in plain-language, for those who have always wondered, but didn't know where to start. Like all of the Dummies books, it includes the list of Tens.

It won't help you to prepare for the test specifically--there are different question-pool books that explain the technical, and highly applicable to the real-world, nitty-gritty that's needed to pass the (U.S. FCC) Technician exam.

This book is also good for the already-licensed hams who want to quickly get up to speed on different operating aspects. Non hams, by the time they finish looking over the book, should have a good idea if they want to hike into the forest to explore further and possibly take the steps towards getting licensed. There are numerous links and resources for those who wish to continue learning about this hobby.

As a fairly new ham myself, and having entered the hobby knowing nothing about it, I'm sensitive to the fact that people I talk to also might not know much about the hobby. It's hard to know where to start, when trying to explain it. Rather than launch into techno-speak and cause people's eyes to glaze over, I can now hand them this book. It's a very easy way to introduce folks to the hobby.

Perhaps I might sound very over-the-top about all this--and you're probably right--but since getting into this hobby, I have learned so many things that I might not have been exposed to otherwise.

5-0 out of 5 stars Q5
Q5 is not a rating. In radio lingo, it means excellent readability.

If you are thinking about getting into Amateur Radio, this is the book you should read first. If the ink is still wet on your FCC license, this is the book you should read now. Even if you have a collection of tickets dating back to Marconi, this is the book you should read to make sure you are up to date; you'll find something interesting that you didn't know in this book. I think HRFD is the most comprehensive and readable overview of Amateur Radio available.

Let me emphasize that word "overview." Will you be able to take and pass your Technician License test after reading this book? The answer is "NO!" You will still need to study one or more of the fine ARRL test prep books before you sit for your exam. HRFD provides very little depth on any individual topic; HRFD's strength lies in providing a broad, very readable survey of the many aspects of ham radio. It has something to say about how to get a license; what licenses are available; the various radio modes of AM, FM, SSB, CW and RTTY; buying equipment; on-air etiquette; DXing; contesting; Public Service opportunities; low power operating; amateur TV; TOR; PSK; Packet; WLAN; satellite; and, computer resources for learning more, to name a few topics.

So why do I recommend reading HRFD first? Because the test prep books are focused on preparing you to pass an exam. HRFD is focused on giving you a perspective that will help make relevant the cold facts you will learn from the test prep book.

If you have a relatively new license, like I do, you know there is still a lot to learn about this hobby, or should I say avocation. HRFD is a good place to discover more about the various things you can do with your license. It's like having an Elmer at your elbow. On the other hand, if you want to learn about capacitance, resistance, inductance and oscillation so that you can go for your Amateur Extra license, take a hike; this is not the book you need.

For the old-timers, and you know that term has nothing to do with your age or your attitude, you know that amateur radio is constantly evolving. Maybe you haven't been able to spend the time needed to keep up with the field because you have decided that raising your family is more important than raising a DX contact. Whatever the reason, if you need a quick overview about any Amateur Radio area, reading HRFD is a quicker way to get back up to date than reading all your old, unread QST and CQ magazines. And if you need more depth, HRFD will tell you where to find the latest information, and a lot of it is only computer keystroke away.

As you can see, I am really impressed with this book. The ARRL manuals are good at being very comprehensive with whatever they cover. Unfortunately, that completeness often comes with a dryness of both style and format. The 300+ pages of HRFD, on the other hand, are an easy read. I recommend that you get HRFD now; it's worth the price. Don't wait for second hand copies to start showing up in the used books department. HRFD is a keeper, so you might have a long wait otherwise.

5-0 out of 5 stars great!!!!
I have been a licenced ham radio operater for three years. HRFD has helped me discover a lot of the tricks that it took Ward Silver thirty + years to learn. It is easy to understand and fun to study. The subtle humor makes it a technical volume that will never collect dust. Thanks Ward, its about time. ... Read more

198. Fundamentals of Speech Recognition
by Lawrence Rabiner, Biing-Hwang Juang
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Catlog: Book (1993-04-12)
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Provides a theoretically sound,technically accurate, and complete description of the basicknowledge and ideas that constitute a modern system forspeech recognition by machine. Coversproduction, perception, and acoustic-phoneticcharacterization of the speech signal; signal processing andanalysis methods for speech recognition; pattern comparisontechniques; speech recognition system design andimplementation; theory and implementation of hidden Markovmodels; speech recognition based on connected word models;large vocabulary continuous speech recognition; and task-oriented application of automatic speech recognition. For practicing engineers, scientists,linguists, and programmers interested in speech recognition.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction
This book is a comprehensive and excellent introduction to the ever-expanding
field of Automatic Speech Recognition. Starting with models of speech
production, speech characterization, methods of analysis (transforms etc),
the authors go onto discuss pattern comparison, hidden Markov models (HMMs),
and design and implementation of speech recognition systems, right from
isolated word recognition to large vocabulary continuous speech recognition
systems. Neural networks and their use in speech recognition is also presented,
though somewhat briefly.

Rabiner was the author of the first widely-read tutorial on HMMs, so
naturally the presentation of HMMs is one of the strong points of this
textbook. The theory is developed in detail, but in an easy to follow
fashion, starting with the very basics and with plenty of helpful examples.
The implementation is discussed at great length as well, starting with
the simplest of tasks and progressing to the state-of-the-art (circa 1993).

That isn't to say that HMMs are the only good part of this book - indeed,
practically every topic, whether it be perception, transforms, vector quantization
or dynamic programming, is presented with great clarity. This book really is easy to
learn from, with numerous examples and illustrations.

The field of speech recognition is inherently multi-disciplinary in nature,
drawing upon various areas of study, including Physics, Physiology, Acoustics,
Signal Processing and Computer Science, to name but a few. The authors do a
great job of explaining all these facets, as well as the mathematics that
is an essential tool.

The only caveat is that it's now a little old (published 1993), since the
field has been growing by leaps and bounds - so while the basics remain
the same, things have changed and hence what's said here should not be
taken as the last word on the subject.

Perhaps a new edition is due, and would certainly be most welcome.

However, for an excellent, accessible introduction to this exciting field,
this is still a great choice.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good introduction for beginners
The beginner in Automaitc Speech Recognition should read this book. It introduces all the basics of signal processing and vocal tract modeling needed and provides good descriptions of modern algorithms for statistical speech recognition (such as dynamic programmation, Hidden Markov Models, Viterbi Algorithm ...).

4-0 out of 5 stars Classical Book for Speech recognition
This ia a classical book on speech recognition. It covers the basic concepts and practical speech recognition Techniques. The first tutorial on HMM by Rabiner,appeared in IEEE, is included in this book with much more practical examples. This book helped me a lot during my post graduation and work in the area of speech recognition. Thanks to Rabiner and Juang !!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good but contaminated with Linear Predictive Coding
Since this book misguides students of speech signal processing with the outdated compression technique of Linear Predictive Coding (LPC, which is far inferior to cepstral vocoding because of LPC's stateful memory of voiced excitation from one frame to the next), it ought to be half the price of Jelinek's book, not twice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hidden Markov Modeling primer
The book is focused on extraction of attributes of human speech with modern digital and mathematical tools. In Rabiner's approach, an essential element is the Hidden Markov Model and its ability to predict the state of a non-observable system. HM models are the topic of sophisticated techniques and study, and so independent fundamental description of the methods are infrequent. Rabiner goes out of his way to clearly define the HMM before addressing its specific application to speech processing. A very useful introduction to the HMM. ... Read more

199. Schaum's Outline of Signals and Systems
by HweiHsu
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Catlog: Book (1995-03-01)
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This powerful study guide gives you 571 problems in signals and systems, fully solved step-by-step! From SchaumÕs, the original study guide, and studentsÕ favorite with over 30 million guides soldÑthis solution-packed timesaver helps you master every type of problem you will face on your tests, from simple questions on linear time-invariant systems to complex Fourier analysis of discrete-time systems and state space analysis. Go directly to the answers you need with a complete index. Compatible with any classroom text, SchaumÕs Outline of Signals and Systems is so complete itÕs the perfect tool for graduate or professional exam prep! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
It's a great book with hundreds of solved problems. I used it with "Signals and Systems Made Ridiculously Simple" (Zoher Z. Karu) for learning Signals and Systems (with no prior knowledge of the subject) in 4 weeks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This is the book to get if you're an Electrical/Computer Engineering student. It should be worth more for its marvelous coverage of all the topics. It was nice to be able to have it as reference but it is also nice to have for learning concepts. I used this book extensively to teach myself Fourier Series and Fourier Transforms in preparation for an introduction to Communication Systems Engineering Class. This book has also helped me understand concepts for other classes (Laplace Transforms, Z-Transforms etc) I highly recommend this book. It is well written and flow nicely. A bonus is the problem sets with solutions.

3-0 out of 5 stars If you're serious, buy it anyway...
If you're struggling like I did in the course then the problems don't offer enough detail to help.

The explanations are okay and a lot of times the schaum's outlines offer a different way of thinking about a problem than your text which might help.

But if you're serious about doing well, you should buy it anyway, because it won't hurt to have it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jackpot!
First off, the first author was a former instructor at my university. I have never taken on of his courses, so this review has no bearing on the individual.

On the other hand, I'm taking a Linear Systems course and the required textbook is Signals and Systems by Oppenheim, one of the most expensive coffee table props to exist on this side of Silicon Valley.

Schaum's was only (price) and it seemed to cover all of the concepts found in a standard Linear Systems course. The only major difference was that instead of useless graphs, more useless techno-babble (to satisfy the needs of some Ph.D's that want to confuse the students so they feel strong and powerful - in other words maintain their authority), and sparse problems and even less frequent solutions, the text contains DETAILED solutions for its problems, along with useful equations and tables that HELP rather than confuse the student.

If you're taking a Linear Systems course, this book is MANDATORY. If instructors are reading this review, I highly recommend you grab a copy and see if you can use it as a supplement.

As a student, I can tell you that if you made other students purchase this text as a requirement, they would all eventually pick up a copy. It's THAT helpful.
I paid $100 for our required textbook and it's money down the drain.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mandatory book for anyone working with signals and transform
This is truly an excellent book to quickly recap the essentials of signals and their manipulations. By working along with the exercises, I was quickly able to come back to speed on such important issues such as convulutions, Fourier Transforms, and LTI systems. ... Read more

200. Fixed Broadband Wireless System Design
by Harry R.Anderson, Harry R. Anderson
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Catlog: Book (2003-02-27)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Fixed broadband networks can provide far higher data rates and capacity than the currently envisioned 3G and 4G mobile cellular systems. Achieving higher data rates is due to the unique technical properties of fixed systems, in particular, the use of high gain and adaptive antennas, wide frequency bands, dynamic data rate and channel resource allocation, and advanced multiple access techniques.

Fixed Broadband Wireless System Design is a comprehensive presentation of the engineering principles, advanced engineering techniques, and practical design methods for planning and deploying fixed wireless systems, including:

  • Point-to-point LOS and NLOS network design
  • Point-to-point microwave link design including active and passive repeaters
  • Consecutive point and mesh network planning
  • Advanced empirical and physical propagation modeling including ray-tracing
  • Detailed microwave fading models for multipath and rain
  • NLOS (indoor and outdoor) propagation and fading models
  • Propagation environment models including terrain, morphology, buildings, and atmospheric effects
  • Novel mixed application packet traffic modeling for dimensioning network capacity
  • Narrow beam, wide beam, and adaptive (smart) antennas
  • MIMO systems and space-time coding
  • Channel planning including fixed and dynamic channel assignment and dynamic packet assignment
  • IEEE 802.11b and 802.11a (WLAN) system design
  • Free space optic (FSO) link design
At present, there are no titles available that provide such a concise presentation of the wide variety of systems, frequency bands, multiple access techniques, and other factors that distinguish fixed wireless systems from mobile wireless systems. Fixed Broadband Wireless System Design is essential reading for design, system and RF engineers involved in the design and deployment of fixed broadband wireless systems, fixed wireless equipment vendors, and academics and postgraduate students in the field.

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Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, new engineering material
As well as being a good overall book covering many traditional wireless topics, this book also offers detailed information on several subjects like propagation databases (terrain, buildings, etc), traffic loading models for cell sectors and spectrum utlization that are not found in any other books I've seen on wireless engineering. Other books I have on propagation modeling (like Rappaport's or Bertoni's) don't treat the subject of database construction and potential errors. This book also brings together traditional microwave link design (rain fades,etc.) with design of multipoint systems using new CDMA and OFDM technologies - again, not found together in other books. Even the stuff of WiFi is useful, but I would have liked more included on this subject. Highly recommended if you're involved in fixed wireless design. ... Read more

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