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21. Adaptive Filter Theory (4th Edition)
by Simon Haykin
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Catlog: Book (2001-09-14)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 176989
Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Not a bad reference book.
This book looks very impressive, but if you try to understand it you'll find it very mechanical. There is not much motivation behind the many pages of formulas and derivations. I'm not even sure how many people actually read those derivations becuase even in its 4th edition the book and its solution manual both have many typos (see, for example, equations 8.11 and 12.5). Even the problems are more focused on derivations than on numerical examples. This is a good cookbook if you just want to implement an algorithm or find some pointers to the original research papers. Like many other reviewers, I beleive that engineering textbooks are losing their depth and becoming more and more like instruction manuals.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very good book for Adaptive DSP...
I have always wondered why many people have negative opinions about books by Simon Haykin, whether it is 'Communication Systems' or 'Adaptive Filter Theory'. Particularly, this book 'Adaptive Filter Theory', in my opinion, is one of the bestbooks on this subject. As Julius Kusuma correctly mentioned, this book is indeed an "adventure ride" into the field of Adaptive Filter Theory.

I discovered this book when I was doing a class project on Self-Orthogonalizing algorithms for Adaptive Beamforming and I felt that all the relevant information that I needed was present in this book. I did'nt really feel the neccesity to refer anything outside this book.

Apart from that, this book contains everything that a graduate student needs to know about this exciting field of adaptive filters. The author assumes some background on Random Signal Theory... I'd suggest to look up Sam Shanmugan et al's, "Random Signals: Detection, Estimation and Data Analysis" before beginning to read (enjoy) this "adventure ride" on Adaptive Filters.

5-0 out of 5 stars Adventures in the development of stochastic DSP
Despite the commonly negative opinion against Simon Haykin's book, I find this book to be a very fun reading. It starts off with a very brief review of DSP (more useful just for getting familiar with the notation, really), properties of random processes, and a small section on linear algebra in the middle of the book.

The rest of the book can be viewed as a story of how different approaches and algorithms were developed, and is a little difficult to use as reference due to its lack of structure and over-dependency on the previous chapters, both for technical content and notation.

But there's a lot of hidden treasures within this book that should have been more emphasized. For example, Mold's theorem that states that any discrete stationary process can be decomposed into a deterministic component and a random component, which are uncorrelated to each other. I'm sorry, but a reference to a proof in another book is not enough to really motivate me. This is a very fundamental theorem if you're interested in stochastic signal processing. Sure, you don't cover the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus in your very first calculus class, but then again this is supposed to be a fairly advanced book.

So if you're interested in learning certain things quickly, this is NOT the book to get. Consider Munson Hayes' book instead. Save this one when you feel like investing a little time to hear Haykin's story on stochastic signal processing.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good book if you are an expert!
Before start reading this book, read "Uderstanding Digital Signal Processing" by Lyons first.

3-0 out of 5 stars Cook Book
Simon Haykin's Adaptive Filter Theory is a perfect example of everything which is wrong with modern engineering text books. It begs the question of why great educators like Van Trees and Kailath write out of print books, and Sallys like Haykin, Kay and Papoulis can make it to third editions. As a cookbook, one can't do better, but then again, what is science without proper motivation? Even when Haykin attempts to illustrate the theory, he adopts the uninsightful but straightforward mechanics of undergraduate linear algebra, and then again, why did it take hundreds of years to develop these ideas if Haykin has a 3 line proof. The book should be re-titled "Why I'm so smart" By Simon Haykin. ... Read more

22. Great Escapes: New Designs for Home Theaters by Theo Kalomirakis
by Steve Castle, Dean R. Koontz
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-15)
Publisher: Harry N Abrams
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"Theo is obsessed with his work and embarked upon a quest for an elusive ideal theater that can exist only in dreams. Each time that he makes a dream theater into a reality, no matter how stunning the creation, it never quite fulfills the ideal in his mind-and off he goes again in the enthusiastic pursuit of impossible perfection."-Dean Koontz

In the 21st century, more and more people "go out" to the movies at home. This lifestyle change has led to the biggest innovation in residential design today: the home theater, be it a custom-installed system or an elaborate private screening room. At the high end, Theo Kalomirakis reigns supreme as the leading designer of private theaters in the home.

Kalomirakis tailors each of his designs to fit the needs of a specific client, using styles that range from ultra-traditional to cutting-edge. His theaters even have their own marquee names: The Moonlight, The First Run, The Miami Beach. Great Escapes showcases nine of these incredible spaces through superb color photographs and descriptions of the technology that make this revolution in entertainment and design possible. Although Kalomirakis's extravagant creations are for wealthy clients, they will also serve as inspiration for home owners who want to integrate cinema quality with home comfort on a more modest budget. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A unique source of enduring ideas
Lavishly illustrated with one hundred gorgeous color photographs by Phillip Ennis, Great Escapes: New Designs For Home Theaters By Theo Kalomirakis by Steven Castle presents extravagant designs for "media rooms" in private homes. These are specialized entertainment oriented rooms set aside to take full advantage of surround sound, acoustics, and visual appeal to bring forth the same quality experience as visiting a theater. Great Escapes showcases the work of interior designer Theo Kalomirakis as it artfully presents his work in creating home theaters of celebrities such as Dean Koontz, Eddie Murphy, Roger Ebert, and others in this unique source of enduring ideas.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just Amazing
This is a book to die for. The photography is amazing, the architecture out of this world and what Theo Kalomirakis does for his lucky clients will blow you away. I am already wearing out my copy and I only have had it for two days.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Escapes
Whether your interest is home theater, or movie palaces from the 1920's and 30's, Great Escapes is sensational!
Once I opened it, I couldn't put it down and trust me with 204 pages loaded with 140 color photos of breathtaking architectural eye candy, this book will demand your focus.
Kalomirakis brings the elegance of yesteryears movie palaces home with the help of writers Steve Castle, Dean Koontz and photographer Phillip Ennis.
You can truly see Kalomirakis' love for the big screen in the architectural details he adorns his private cinemas with. No details are spared in Kalomirakis' work from neon marquees and ticket booths welcoming visitors to his theaters to opulent lobbies adorned with domed mural ceilings and snack bars and timeless columns.
A few times while reading this book, I had to remind myself that the featured theaters I was viewing were in someone's personal residence.
I have to say my personal favorite theater in this book was created for author Dean Koontz called "The Moonlight." Koontz also has an introduction in the book.
Even though most of the theaters in this book take up more square footage than the average persons home. And even though theaters designed by Kalomirakis are beyond the financial means of most people, this book can serve as inspiration for those that want to bring home the silver screen on a lesser budget and do it in style.
Theo Kalomirakis' newest book Great Escapes definitely brings home the look of the movie palaces of yesterday. ... Read more

23. Automatic Control Systems
by Benjamin C.Kuo, FaridGolnaraghi
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-23)
Publisher: Wiley
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Real-world applications--Integrates real-world analysis and design applications throughout the text. Examples include: the sun-seeker system, the liquid-level control, dc-motor control, and space-vehicle payload control.
* Examples and problems--Includes an abundance of illustrative examples and problems.
* Marginal notes throughout the text highlight important points.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Control Systems made understandable
This book is definitely one of the best introductory texts on linear Control Systems. Every item is theorically well explained without loosing the practical aspect on each subject. Highly recommended for people who started to study linear Control Systems at an undergraduate level.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent Reference
One of the best books I have read. My students love It

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners and experts alike
Like all of Kuo's other books, this one is good reading. It covers all the important topics involved in Control system theory, time and frequency domain analysis and graph techniques, amongst other topics. Good question-and-answer section. Kuo has this style of writing where you feel he can read your mind and know what you are thinking as you read the book. It's a great book for beginners and experts alike. I think this is one of the best books on Control systems theory. ... Read more

24. Signal Integrity Issues and Printed Circuit Board Design
by Douglas Brooks
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-24)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Probably the most readable book you'll find on this
Brook's book is exceptional in the clarity of the writing, esp. in explaining key concepts that most engineers are fuzzy on. This book is great at giving engineers an intuitive feel for basic electromagnetics and how it relates to signal integrity and emi.

It's main strength (and to some it's major weakness) is that it avoids the mess of equations of better known books like Johnson's "High-Speed Digital Design". Brooks is also a good writer, and he writes very clearly. Don't get this book, if you already understand the subject, since it doesn't cover advanced material. However, this is essential reading for those who don't have a clue or for those (like me), who've memorized a lot of emi guidelines, without really understanding why they're necessary.

Given the book's title, the only area of improvement I can think of is a chapter or appendix on basic pcb manufacturing and terminology (buried vias, microvias, antipads, etc).

4-0 out of 5 stars A chasm has been bridged...
As an educator, lecturer and practicing designer I am given many books to read and make comment on. I find very few books that are able to bridge the chasm between the needs of a beginner learning about signal integrity and the needs of a professional desperate to solve design problems. This book is an excellent primer and reference for understanding the interrelationship between the board layout and the signal integrity problem. This book details design solutions to classic signal integrity problems and educates the novice in understanding the reasoning behind the solutions. There is a lot of nonsense being written about signal integrity and few people have the resources to filter out the chaff from hay. This book proves every principle presented with tested board layouts, demonstrated engineering principles, or documented laboratory results. Some people can see the world in formulas and some see the world pictorially. This book is rich in both forms of expressionism and its presentation will not exasperate the PCB designer who sees the world visually, or frustrate the engineer seeking equations for design representation. This book has been added to the required reading list for our PCB layout designers and product development engineering teams. ... Read more

25. High Speed Signal Propagation: Advanced Black Magic
by Howard W. Johnson
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great subject material, unevenly covered
I had mixed feelings reading this book. Some sections were so good I was saying, "Bravo, well done" while other sections were so bad, I felt sorry for anyone trying to learn by reading them. (E.g. Ch4 on frequency domain modeling.) The book covers extremely useful material, but in an uneven way. It will especially appeal to readers who want simplified discussions of the ideas rather than deeper more theoretical discussions. For example, crosstalk --one of the most important topics, is covered in a very light manner, recommending use of simulators to obtain accurate results. Compare this with the coverage of the same subject in the remarkable book "Electromagnetic Compatibility" by Clayton Paul. Now, that book is "advanced" and "magical". This book doesn't get into any deep discussions of the fundamentals. It says that current flows in a loop, and inductance is related to loop area. Simple enough. Yet, how do we explain the inductance of the pin of an IC package, which is definitely not a loop? How is the energy-based definition of inductance used by simulators related to this simple definition? Even more fundamental, given that voltage can't be defined in a region where the magnetic field is changing, how come we can use the concept of voltage? (Read Paul Clayton for discussing all these concepts in great detail.)

Many previous articles are included in the book. Although some of them are entertaining (e.g. the pot hole story) most are just disturbances, and even worse, outdated and contradictory to authors later approach. For example, Dr. Johnson spends 3 pages! discussing how close a termination has to be, and drives an equation for the amount of reflection when the ideal termination is slightly away from the source. Later in a witty article the author declares that there is no more any excuse for not using simulation tools. He says "If you have to ask, simulate it." Definitely anybody who is wondering if their termination is close enough can download a free demo copy of PSpice and simulate this quickly and accurately.Nobody is going to use the equation the author drived and there is no new insight or theory developed either.

The author being the editor of the IEEE Ethernet specs, it is quite surprising how many sloppy mistakes there are. (KHz, kHz, Ghz, HZ,Hertz, hertz, pS, ps, ohm, Ohm, V, v, ; with and without spaces after the value are used with no consistency, "it's" is confused for "its" in more than one place, wrong equation numbers, irregular figures, mixed fonts and fonts sizes within the same equation, etc. are common occurrence.)

Despite its problems, this book will be a very useful reference book to people working in the field. Many sections have excellent detailed discussions. For example, performance regions of the transmission line breaking it into lumped, RC, LC, skin effect, dielectric loss, and waveguide dispersion regions is the most comprehensive I have seen. A useful book to add to one's library, but not a book lover's delight.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have reference for ALL digital design engineers
After ploughing through this book, I found it to be a treasure trove of useful information. It's well layed out, and well explained. As with their first "black magic text", it's full of helpful hints, guides, and rule'o'thumbs that will get you up to speed quickly so you can apply them and get expected results from your design. Well done Mr Johnson and Mr Graham, another excellent reference! ... Read more

26. Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Physical Principles and Sequence Design
by E. MarkHaacke, Robert W.Brown, Michael R.Thompson, RameshVenkatesan, E. Mark Haacke, Robert W. Brown, Michael R. Thompson, Ramesh Venkatesan
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This book provides a synoptic introduction to the key fundamental and operational principles of MRI for medical physicists, radiologists,biochemists, and students. It addresses basic NMR principles, basic imaging concepts, Fourier transform concepts and fundamental applications such as chemical shift imaging, rf pulse design, fast imaging, motion and flow, MR angiography, diffusion, sequence design, and coil concepts. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent intro for readers with some math background
This book is a welcome introduction for readers who are comfortable with basic differential equations and vector calculus. As an applied mathematician interested in learning the fundamentals of MRI, I had grown quite frustrated with the simplified literature on one hand ("MRI for technologists", "MRI for medical people", "MRI for dummies"...) and the professional literature on the other, which is directed at people already immersed in the study of MR technology. In contrast, this book is an excellent introduction to the subject for applied mathematicians (though this may not have been the intended audience), as it makes no assumptions regarding reader's science background and thus explains thoroughly all relevant E+M, physics and signal processing. But most importantly, it does so without cutting mathematical corners. This results in a far more lucid and logical exposition than books which try to protect the reader for his/her own good. ... Read more

27. Understanding Digital Signal Processing (2nd Edition)
by Richard G. Lyons
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Book Description's top-selling DSP book for 5 straight years-now fully updated!

Real-world DSP solutions for working professionals!

Understanding Digital Signal Processing, Second Edition is quite simply the best way for engineers, and other technical professionals, to master and apply DSP techniques. Lyons has updated and expanded his best-selling first edition-building on the exceptionally readable coverage that made it the favorite of professionals worldwide.

This book achieves the perfect balance between theory and practice, making DSP accessible to beginners without ever oversimplifying it. Comprehensive in scope and gentle in approach, keeping the math at a tolerable level, this book helps readers thoroughly grasp the basics and quickly move on to more sophisticated techniques.

This edition adds extensive new coverage of quadrature signals for digital communications; recent improvements in digital filtering; and much more. It also contains more than twice as many "DSP Tips and Tricks"… including clever techniques even seasoned professionals may have overlooked.

Down-to-earth, intuitive, and example-rich, with detailed numerical exercises
Stresses practical, day-to-day DSP implementations and problem-solving
All-new quadrature processing coverage includes easy-to-understand 3D drawings
Extended coverage of IIR filters; plus frequency sampling, interpolated FIR filters
New coverage of multirate systems; including both polyphase and cascaded integrator-comb FIR filters
Coverage includes: periodic sampling, DFT, FFT, digital filters, discrete Hilbert transforms, sample rate conversion, quantization, signal averaging, and more ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must-read ! The title truly says it like it is!
I ran into a copy of Lyon's text in the library, and on reading a chapter, decided to get my very own copy of this classic! As a student just starting to learn about DSP in electrical engineering, I found myself puzzled by vague explanations of aliasing and basic fundamentals of signals. Very clearly and masterfully, the author describes the key concepts, and unravels the mysteries with great expertise. The struggle and confusion is entirely done away with, and one gets the idea very quickly. I am still reading the book, and my copy is on its way! This book is a gem, and I will add it as a rare treasure to my library of technical books. I hope Lyons will write more books in the various other topics in EE. I'd definitely be very interested in them. In fact, I think I'll add TRW to my list of companies to apply to, when I graduate! Saroj Bon

5-0 out of 5 stars Great introductory text on DSP
I'm and EE who's never had any classes in DSP. I'm now working in marketing in the telecommunications field and interface with engineers who work with DSP. I wanted to gain a better understanding of DSP so that I could better communicate with the DSP engineers and do a better job of proposing new concepts for products. This book did the job. Lyons really takes you into and through digital signal processing, including sampling theory, Fourier transforms and filters. If you're looking to really understand DSP, not so much from a mathematical point of view, but from a conceptual point of view, this book is excellent. The book is not elementary, however. You need the knowledge normally gained from aquiring a degree in electrical engineering to really grasp the concepts. In a way, that's a shame because only a limited set of people will get to enjoy Lyons really excellent writing!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
OK, let me first start out by saying that I am a little biased here since I helped review the new edition, but this is a fantastic book. While this book isn't a total replacement for the standard DSP tomes like Oppenheim and Schafer, this is a text that all DSP engineers should own.

The second edition expands on the strong points of the first. The book is written by an engineer for other engineers. The topics are accessible to readers, while not being watered down.

Less understood, but extremely important topics such as quadrature processing and Hilbert transforms have expanded coverage in this edition.

The best improvement to this edition is the vastly expanded chapter on DSP Tricks. The tricks are practical applications of DSP theory. These tricks usually are not taught in school, and are often not well known. The number of pages devoted to tricks has doubled to over 100, and unlike other books, cover a broad range of topics. Application areas cover audio processing, digital communications, simulation, analysis, and others.

In summary, you will not be disappointed with this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best DSP book for beginner
Have you ever tried to study DSP but get intimidated with all the math equations and cryptic explanations?! With Lyons' book, you are not going to have these problems. Lyons' beautifully explains DSP "concept" without going to unnecessary mathematical details. There is still a lot of math in this book, but all of them is presented from practical point of view and only when needed. It teaches you enough basic DSP so when you need to learn advanced DSP concept from other books, you won't be intimidated!

5-0 out of 5 stars Well written. High quality.
Understanding Digital Signal Processing (UDSP), by Richard Lyons, is a high quality textbook and a good place to begin studies in DSP.
As a patent attorney who focuses on writing patents, I often learn new technologies in a short time. For every patent in a technology new to me, I read many books and reviews searching for the best resource to get me up to speed and back to billing. Having gone through this process many times, I appreciate well written textbooks, but typically see substandard texts with common pitfalls.
In my experience many textbook authors (writers generally) develop their books with a common error... incomplete development.
By incomplete development I mean two things: (1) not including the proper foundation for every step forward, and (2) poor organization.
The result of each of these is a reader who must put forth extra effort to connect the dots, or worse, to actually have to fill in holes themselves in order to connect the dots. Similar to a good teacher, a good writer must anticipate potential hangups, and develop their material to alleviate these potential hangups.
Richard Lyons, beyond clearly understanding the topics in UDSP, develops each topic well. The result it a good textbook that makes certain DSP topics simple. ... Read more

28. The Executive Guide to Call Center Metrics
by James C. Abbott
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As the cost of doing business increases, call centers and help desks are frequently moving overseas. How can your center remain competitive? Is pooling the best way to slash your wait times? James Abbott concisely answers these questions as he leads you through the world of process-centered customer service. Strategic and tactical terms, how to choose metrics to measure, and the miracle of Queuing Science are covered thoroughly, using easy-to-grasp anecdotes to explain the key technical topics. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Wakeup Call
"Abbott's book is a much-needed wakeup call. In order to compete, managers must use scientific methods, not gut feelings or hocus pocus. This book is back to basics--what needs to be monitored, why you need to monitor it, and who should make which decisions."

5-0 out of 5 stars To understand metrics, read this book first!
Very good approach to metrics and how to apply metrics to call center operations in order to understand and support the goals of the call center. Mr. Abbott uses easy to understand language and examples rather than technical language and equasions and this makes it very easy to understand the principals and see the big picture. Every manager should be required to read this as thier first book on metrics. ... Read more

29. Neural Networks: A Comprehensive Foundation (2nd Edition)
by Simon Haykin
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
This is one of the most comprehensive texts on one of the most important topics in current computer science. Though it is a graduate level text and is exorbitantly expensive, this book covers what you need to know. This book does assume a fairly sophisticated mathematical background, but those willing to bone-up on their math can understand this book quite well. If you are looking for a book to explain neural networks in detail, look no further than here.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well written and fairly comprehensive
Haykin's book is probably the most comprehensive compendium of traditional neural network theory currently available. I say "traditional" because historically neural networks developed within the field of computer science, only loosely inspired by actual neuroscience. Feedforward networks, backpropagation, self-organizing maps, PCA, and hierarchical machines fit into this traditional lineage. A second branch of neural networks, inspired more heavily by biology, have sought to model brain function and structure. Within this camp are network models such as adaptive resonance theory (ART), BCS/FCS, integrate-and-fire models, and a variety of others. Though this second branch of neural network theory has applications in pattern recognition, image processing, clustering, etc., Haykin barely mentions it. In other words, Haykin presents the material that computer scientists and engineers want to see, but skimps on the more biological side of the field. That being said, the material covered in Haykin is very well-presented, with clear mathematical notion and typesetting throughout. The book is accessible to graduates and advanced undergraduates. It should be on the shelf of every serious researcher, though workers in the biological sciences may want supplementary material. Computer scientists, mathematicians, and other engineers will not be disappointed at all.

5-0 out of 5 stars I wish all books were like this.
Extremely concise, extremely complete. Every new page has a new concept or method. In the first chapter, I knew more than I did after reading two other books I bought on the subject.
I would suggest, however, not to use this as an introduction. It's a bit more rigorous mathematically than some others, so use it if you understand the concepts first. It will shine new insight onto the concepts you already know, but it will probably fail at teaching them to you from the ground up.
I suggest this for the experienced Artificial Intelligence experimenter.
And for the love of god, use Perl for your test programs! Writing C++ classes for artificial intelligence is wholly impractical!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for programmers
This book could be good for Electrical Engineers or Physicists interested in the field, but I really would not recommend it to researchers with background in Computer Science. The notations and everything are makes reading and following naturally harder for us.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well suited for teachers and undergraduates...
There aren't too many words to comment on the book. If you have strong mathematical analysis basics and you love Neural Networks then you have found your book. It was hard at the beginning thus I had to brush up my memories of mathematical analysis to have the "puzzle" slowly shape up. All the algorithms are introduced by clear and rigorous mathematical theory. I think it's well suited for teachers and undergraduates. ... Read more

30. Algorithms for Image Processing and Computer Vision
by J. R.Parker
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Catlog: Book (1996-11-08)
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A cookbook of the hottest new algorithms and cutting-edge techniques in image processing and computer vision

This amazing book/CD package puts the power of all the hottest new image processing techniques and algorithms in your hands. Based on J. R. Parker's exhaustive survey of Internet newsgroups worldwide, Algorithms for Image Processing and Computer Vision answers the most frequently asked questions with practical solutions.

Parker uses dozens of real-life examples taken from fields such as robotics, space exploration, forensic analysis, cartography, and medical diagnostics, to clearly describe the latest techniques for morphing, advanced edge detection, wavelets, texture classification, image restoration, symbol recognition, and genetic algorithms, to name just a few. And, best of all, he implements each method covered in C and provides all the source code on the CD.

For the first time, you're rescued from the hours of mind-numbing mathematical calculations it would ordinarily take to program these state-of-the-art image processing capabilities into software. At last, nonmathematicians get all the shortcuts they need for sophisticated image recognition and processing applications.

On the CD-ROM you'll find:
* Complete code for examples in the book
* A gallery of images illustrating the results of advanced techniques
* A free GNU compiler that lets you run source code on any platform
* A system for restoring damaged or blurred images
* A genetic algorithms package
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5-0 out of 5 stars I like this book
It has source C code available, which I found is very helpful. It would be better if its code is written in C++.

5-0 out of 5 stars Muy buena referencia
Recomiendo este libro a todos aquellos que estén trabajando en procesamiento digital de imágenes. Requiere conocimiento previo dado que el análisis matemático asociado no está descrito con suficiente profundidad en todos los temas, sin embargo describe muy bien las técnicas y alcances de las las diferentes teorías relacionadas con el procesamiento de señales. El CD que lo acompaña es de gran valor y permite fijar con mucha rapidez los logros descritos en el libro.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great Scope
This book is very helpfull. Not only for image processing. An unsuspected use that I do to this book was use an algorithm for correct blurred images to revert effect of movil mean that produce a strain gage when one sense an compresion wave traveling throw an iron bar, and work very well. This book has an "honor place" in my library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eugenio Simao
Um otimo livro. Atende as expectativas teoricas e de implementacao. Os exemplos encontram-se um linguagem C. A biblioteca de algoritmos idealizada preve a utilizacao do compilador C GNU. Mas, com poucas modificacoes pode-se utilizar estes algoritmos para outros compiladores. Recomendo este livro para estudantes de graduacao como acompanhamento de disciplinas de processamento de imagens, os quais, como eu, geralmente anseiam por ver realizadas as explanacoes teoricas.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent cook book of advanced IP techniques
At its best, this book is a wonderful cookbook of image processing techniques. For example the author's presentation of the Canny and Shen-Castan methods of edge detection is clear and detailed. Full C source is provided for this and all the other techniques discussed in the book. The book does not pretend to be a basic introduction to image processing -- if you do not have Castleman or Pratt or something similar on your bookshelf, you probably should not start by acquiring this book. A possible source of irritation for some readers will be the variation in depth of coverage of topics. For example, when the author discusses wavelets, the coverage is very scant and qualitative. It is well done, but quite different in kind from the aforementioned coverage of advanced edge detection techniques. Similarly, the author will cover specific aspects of image processing, such as motion blur for an image, in the context of a rather general discussion of image restoration. In short, the book seems to reflect the author's interests more than attempting to be an objective coverage of the current state of the art in image processing. Nonetheless, the high quality of the information that the author provides and the bibliography to further coverage of the given topics are well worth the price of the book. You just need to approach it on the author's terms rather than on a preconceived notion of what you should get out of the book. ... Read more

31. Antenna Theory: Analysis and Design, 2nd Edition
by Constantine A.Balanis
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The Latest Resource for the Study of Antenna Theory! In a discipline that has experienced vast technological changes, this text offers the most recent look at all the necessary topics. Highlights include:
* New coverage of microstrip antennas provides information essential to a wide variety of practical designs of rectangular and circular patches, including computer programs.
* Applications of Fourier transform (spectral) method to antenna radiation.
* Updated material on moment methods, radar cross section, mutual impedances, aperture and horn antennas, compact range designs, and antenna measurements.
A New Emphasis on Design! Balanis features a tremendous increase in design procedures and equations. This presents a solid solution to the challenge of meeting real-life situations faced by engineers. Computer programs contained in the book-and accompanying software-have been developed to help engineers analyze, design, and visualize the radiation characteristics of antennas.
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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent text on antennas
Any one who have had an introductory course on electromagnetics may use this book either as a reference for an antenna design or as a perfect learning material. Balanis' clear, informative language, enhanced with many illustrations help the student to understand the subject easily. Due to its wide range of topics, the book is of invaluable help for an antenna designer. The diskette provided with the book includes FORTRAN codes for many practical design problems and frees the reader from complicated formulas. A must have for any enginneer involved in the subject!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good text for self-study and antenna work
I bought this book when I needed to analyze antennas in arrays in and found it very competent and logical. There are many things to like about it:

1. comprehensive coverage of antenna types and analysis techniques

2. Chapter 2 contains a nice compendium of definitions according to IEEE standards, with enough mathematical detail to make it useful in its own right.

3. Good explanations of the material. It's not a cookbook (that's good!). Balanis provides clear text and derivations of the key results, with illustrations. He hasn't watered down the level of sophistication of his topics; they aren't at the research level, but they are fully at the level of the established state of the art.

4) Error-free. I typically wrestle with a few errors or typos in a text as I repeat derivations or perform calcs in the course of my work. I haven't found any errors here so far.

Coverage of the various antenna types is pretty standard. It's in discussions of topics like the Method of Moments, reciprocity, and self- and mutual- impedance, and the method of stationary phase where the book shines--they are clear, easy to follow, with sufficient detail to solve real problems.

Shortcomings of the book are few, but include:

a) sparse or no treatment of advanced topics such as scattering, array implementation, network approach (foster's reaction theorem, relation of mutual coupling to measured scattering parameters), etc.

b) inclusion of Fortran (!) programs for the calculations. Matlab, Mathcad or just plain descriptions would be more useful. Puzzling since one Matlab file is included.

I recommend this book heartily. Engineering practicality and mathematical rigor are balanced nicely. The lack of advanced topic coverage is easily made up by going to specialty texts or the research literature. It worked well for me as a self-study text, and should work for you too.

3-0 out of 5 stars Average textbook, better reference
If you are an upper-level/graduate student who doesn't like derivations (you know who you are), this book is not the greatest choice for you. The way the book is written is very dry and not conducive to staying awake. Reading this (and taking notes) at my own pace, I took three months to wade through Chapter 2! I had to mark several pages with sticky notes to remember to re-read things I didn't understand.

On the other hand, this book has some nice reference information if you are doing computer simulations of antennas, and would like to double-check the results of your models. The graphs and figures were extra helpful. The index generally supports the use of this book as a reference text, although it has failed to identify some very helpful graphs.

Overall, it is a decent book, and I'm glad to have a copy. I've just started reading another antennas book, Antennas For All Applications, 3rd. ed., by John Kraus and Ronald Marhefka, and I find it much easier to read. In one sentence, that book explained radiation resistance in a way that made more sense to me than all the definitions and equations in an entire section of the Balanis text. The layout on each page of the Kraus book was easy on the eyes, with the text in the standard Times New Roman and the Figure captions in an Arial type of font, which made it easier to read.

If you are a student who usually ends up wasting time or dozing off when you try to read your textbook, you'll do the same with this one. If you just need to read a section or two as a reliable reference, this book is fine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Book for Radio Engineers
This book is considered by me as one of the best references about antennas. I find it very useful whenever I need information about antennas for a work I'm doing and I think it is also useful for students studying the antenna theory as it has this special "academic flavour".

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good book
This is a very good book with a deep insight on almost every basic subject related to antenna design and performance. The problems are excellent but need a software update. ... Read more

32. Digital Video and HDTV Algorithms and Interfaces
by Charles Poynton
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Rapidly evolving computer and communications technologies have achieved data transmission rates and data storage capacities high enough for digital video. But video involves much more than just pushing bits! Achieving the best possible image quality, accurate color, and smooth motion requires understanding many aspects of image acquisition, coding, processing, and display that are outside the usual realm of computer graphics. At the same time, video system designers are facing new demands to interface with film and computer system that require techniques outside conventional video engineering.

Charles Poynton's 1996 book A Technical Introduction to Digital Video became an industry favorite for its succinct, accurate, and accessible treatment of standard definition television (SDTV). In Digital Video and HDTV, Poynton augments that book with coverage of high definition television (HDTV) and compression systems.

With the help of hundreds of high quality technical illustrations, this book presents the following topics:

* Basic concepts of digitization, sampling, quantization, gamma, and filtering
* Principles of color science as applied to image capture and display
* Scanning and coding of SDTV and HDTV
* Video color coding: luma, chroma (4:2:2 component video, 4fSC composite video)
* Analog NTSC and PAL
* Studio systems and interfaces
* Compression technology, including M-JPEG and MPEG-2
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4-0 out of 5 stars Contains lots information but not easy to read
This is a technically good book about video engineering, but it has two flaws:

1. The writing is many times not very easy to understand, there are many sentences that don't make too much sense to me. I am not a native English speaker, but I have spent last twenty years reading and writing in English.

2. There are terminologies poped up in one place, and there is no explanation for those, many times the author asks you to read in later chapters, for a reader who is not familiar with the material, it is difficult to read and confusing.

Overall, it is a very good book, but you need an introductory book before you can read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for all watchers of TV technology
Charles Poynton is one of the world's leading experts on TV and video technology, and he's a great writer too. Poynton demonstrates good humor and tremendous attention to detail in this book. In fact, the price of the book is both funny and technically relevant-- it's the field rate of NTSC video, 59.94 Hertz!

Poynton details dozens of video standards in this book, which builds on his previous _A Technical Introduction to Digital Video_. That book has held a place of honor in my technical library since it was published, and Poynton's latest work will sit beside it.

_Digital Video and HDTV Algorithms and Interfaces_ is an even more substantial work than its predecessor, with 736 very readable pages covering essentially the whole world of digital video. Poynton starts the book with a comprehensive review of how images are composed, displayed and perceived, and brings in the relevant elements of specific video standards as he goes.

The second and third parts of the book cover all the other fundamental technologies that make digital video possible, including filtering algorithms, color science, and video compression.

Part 4 provides a detailed explanation of the key standards used for studio video production work, both analog and video, with a whole chapter to explain standard-definition test signals. Part 5 is a complementary discussion of broadcast and consumer standards. The book also includes two appendices explaining some important issues related to digital video, and a very thorough glossary.

I've been designing and writing about computer graphics and multimedia products for many years, and this is by far the best overview of digital video that I've seen. I highly recommend this book for everyone who is professionally involved in video engineering.

Peter N. Glaskowsky
Editor in Chief, Microprocessor Report
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33. Digital Image Processing: PIKS Inside, 3rd Edition
by William K.Pratt, William K. Pratt
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A thoroughly updated edition of a bestselling guide to digital image processing, this book covers cutting-edge techniques for enhancing and interpreting digital images from different sources--scanners, radar systems, and digital cameras. A PIKS image processing library of executable files as well as digital versions of many of the pictures are provided via ftp to help apply the techniques discussed in the book. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Classic text book. Good content, but buggy.
It's a classic. Pratt put a lot of work and detail into it, and it does contains the basics. It also has typo's on some (bunches) of the formula's, transforms, etc. that are annoying if you know about them (hazardous if you don't). Due to the bugs, this would not be my first choice in a DIP book, but I don't know which one would, either. If you are forced into it, find an errata for this book and mark it up, then the book will serve you well. ... Read more

34. H.264 and MPEG-4 Video Compression: Video Coding for Next Generation Multimedia
by Iain E. G.Richardson, Iain E. G. Richardson
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Following on from the successful MPEG-2 standard, MPEG-4 Visual is enabling a new wave of multimedia applications from Internet video streaming to mobile video conferencing. The new H.264 ‘Advanced Video Coding’ standard promises impressive compression performance and is gaining support from developers and manufacturers.  The first book to cover H.264 in technical detail, this unique resource takes an application-based approach to the two standards and the coding concepts that underpin them.

  • Presents a practical, step-by-step, guide to the MPEG-4 Visual and H.264 standards for video compression.
  • Introduces the basic concepts of digital video and covers essential background material required for an understanding of both standards.
  • Provides side-by-side performance comparisons of MPEG-4 Visual and H.264 and advice on how to approach and interpret them to ensure conformance.
  • Examines the way that the standards have been shaped and developed, discussing the composition and procedures of the VCEG and MPEG standardisation groups.

Focussing on compression tools and profiles for practical multimedia applications, this book ‘decodes’ the standards, enabling developers, researchers, engineers and students to rapidly get to grips with both H.264 and MPEG-4 Visual.

Dr Iain Richardson leads the Image Communication Technology research group at the Robert Gordon University in Scotland and is the author of over 40 research papers and two previous books on video compression technology.
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3-0 out of 5 stars First on the subject, rough around the edges
This is the first text book published on H.264. It has a nice overview of digital video compression techniques followed by chapters focusing on the specifics of each of the MPEG-4 and H.264 standards. Buying this book relays much of the same information but is more cost effective than buying each of the papers and articles on the subject from IEEE and others.

It appears that this book was rushed to publication in order to be first. Particularly in the chapter on H.264, there are many typos and incomplete figures. In some places, a new technical term is used without proper introduction. I look forward to a cleaner second edition in the future. ... Read more

35. RFID For Dummies
by Patrick J.Sweeney
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  • Many companies have asked suppliers to begin using RFID (radio frequency identification) tags by 2006
  • RFID allows pallets and products to be scanned at a greater distance and with less effort than barcode scanning, offering superior supply-chain management efficiencies
  • This unique plain-English resource explains RFID and shows CIOs, warehouse managers, and supply-chain managers how to implement RFID tagging in products and deploy RFID scanning at a warehouse or distribution center
  • Covers the business case for RFID, pilot programs, timelines and strategies for site assessments and deployments, testing guidelines, privacy and regulatory issues, and more
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36. Building .NET Applications for Mobile Devices
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Master mobile programming with this title! It demonstrates how to use the Microsoft .NET Framework and Visual Studio.Net to create applications for phones, Pocket PCs, and other portable devices. Focusing on ASP.NET and the .NET Mobile Web SDK, it shows how to deliver appropriately formatted content for diverse hand held clients from a single ASP.NET page, along with how to provide mobile email access with Microsoft Outlook Mobile Manager. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars ATROCIOUS!
#1 I have visual studio .net 2003 so don't waste my time telling me about hardcoding templates and device specific stuff before you go to the easier way. Please go into the details of the code AFTER the easier way.
#2 The entire chapter on list controls and onwards does NOT make sense and is really hard to understand. I have used j2ee and .net and I should not be having so much trouble understanding your work.
#3 please jump into the book rather than why use .net mobile
#4 Templates chapter is arduous to read.
#5 Openwave sdk 6.2 does not work with examples had to read in chapter 8 that you download updates from MS website before the examples work.
#6 don't take till chapter 11 and page 400 to tell me how to connect to the database! don't waste my time with arrays and list controls as "data collections" before you get to db connectivity etc. the entire lists chapters could have been written better.

Is this is a cultural gap? I went through the GCSE O Levels etc. and I KNOW that British authors and British textbooks are awesome , even better than their american counterparts but for this subject I will have to resort to SAMS books to get the details.

2-0 out of 5 stars coolXterior
Although the title says .Net "Applications", it fails to
mention they are "Web" applications, meaning ASP.Net & WML Pages! Good thing I got this book from my U's library rather
than wasting my money on it. I was looking for "apps" that run
on mobile platforms, not "apps that run in a IE window"
on mobile platforms! Although, it has good descriptions
of resources like the various dev toolkits from different cell
phone vendors, there's not much else.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well Written
I find the previous review completely in error.

While I'm only 5 chapters into the book, I'm finding it well organized and well written. Additionally, I'm working the examples and I'm finding that the "Mobile Internet Toolkit" technology works well over a variety of device emulators.

Having said this, you must also understand that I am a Microsoft basher, although my mind is open to the .Net technologies.

The only criticism that I have so far is that the examples are tending to be very buggy. This is not a problem for me as I learn lots by fixing them, but some readers will find this frustrating.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Need the Marketing Speak
To tell the truth, I didn't read the whole book. I was turned off by the market speak right off the bat in chapter one. There's too many other books out there to explore, so please don't waste my time telling me how good .Net technology is; tell me how to use it. If your looking for a good book on Pocket PC programming, check out "Pocket PC, Handheld PC Developer's Guide with Microsoft Embedded Visual Basic". There's a lot of good, concise info in that book.
As a side note, I'm not a Microsoft basher. I make my bread and butter working with their products. I'm just sick of getting sales pitches everwhere I look. ... Read more

37. Now You're Talking!: All You Need to Get Your First Ham Radio License (Now You're Talking!)
by Larry D. Wolfgang, R. Dean Straw, Dana G. Reed, R. Jan Carman, American Radio Relay League
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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent way to enter ham radio.
This book is exactly right for someone who wants to become a ham radio operator. This book does two things. It is a self study course that will allow you to pass the Technician level FCC test. It is also a general introduction to all of ham radio, covering the highlights of all that can be done in amateur radio. It has just the right level of sophistication to give a good understanding of all facets of amateur radio but does not get into such extreme detail that it is overwhelming. The technical level is just right as well.

I used an earlier version of this text to study for my amateur radio license (KD4TTC). Even though I studied for the Technician license I was able to pass the written portion of the test for the General license class. However, to get to know Morse code, needed for working the frequencies that will get around the whole globe, you will need to find a way to practice receiving Morse code. While this book won't teach you Morse, you will learn from the book how to go about learning it if you want to. (As an aside, I was not interested in international communications back then, so I skipped that aspect of the hobby. I will be learning Morse this year and will upgrade. There is plenty to do with amateur radio without Morse code, so don't let any disinterest or fear of Morse stop you from becomming a Ham. The book explains all this).

I have not yet come across any aspect of ham radio that was not described at least in overview in this book. I may not know details of lots of aspects of all that is ham radio, but I have not come across anything in Ham radio that I was not introduced to in this book.

You can expect that after reading this book you will be able to pass the Technician license exam, you might even be able to pass the General license written portion, you will have learned how to learn Morse, you will be able to decide what equipment you will need and where to find it, you will be able to set up your station and safely operate it, you will know correct and responsible operating procedures, and you will learn about all the different types of communications you can do so you will pick the most enjoyable aspects of the hobby for yourself.

I have given this book to friends so they can become hams. It works well for that purpose. I came here to buy a copy for yet another potential ham and found myself writing this long review. I am not really that avid of an amateur operator, but I am really enthusiastic about this book because it was such a fun and painless way to learn what I needed to know to get into ham radio.

Buy the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good resource, could use some editing
This is a good learning guide and I think it will be all I need to get my first Ham Radio license. In addition, it has a lot of technical info that is useful in setting up a ham radio station.

My only criticism is that the book has too much information (often repeated) on the social and hobby aspects of ham radio. Not that I don't appreciate this trivia and fun info, it's just that it is mixed in with the technical data that you need to pass the FCC test. As a result, I think you need to study and retain a lot more information.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun to read!
This is a great book to get you started on ham radio. It does a good job of teaching you the material that you need to learn, and most importantly, it keeps you interested in the book. I couldn't give it a full five star review because it doesn't go into much detail about the subjects.

5-0 out of 5 stars All you need for a Tech license
My wife and I both used this book to study for the Technician class exam... and we both passed. My wife is not particularly technically oriented, and was able to grasp the topics presented in the book without any trouble. If you are interested in joining the ham radio ranks to communicate with people around the world, to experiment with radio equipment, or just to chat with local hams, this book will get you started. It explains all the questions in the Technician question pool, and contains a list of all the questions you need to know as well as the answers. Everything you need to know to get started is inside.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to read
Now're you're talking is a great introduction to ham radio. After reading it for a few weeks I felt I was so ready that I tried to tackle Morse code before getting hold of a VE. Passed both the element 1 and 2 with outstanding scores.

Granted, the book has some parts (such as the antenna section) that are useful to the beginner but not present on the test. I skipped these parts and read them later.

The book explains the information clearly. Some memorization is required of the frequency limits for each band, but that is easy if you practice.

Overall, this was a great first book to get me started in ham radio. I've tried to read many other technical books, but this is one of the only one's I've actually finished front-to-back.

By the way, I'm 13 years old. :) ... Read more

38. Introduction to GPS: The Global Positioning System
by Ahmed El-Rabbany
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If you're looking for an up-to-date, easy-to-understand treatment of the GPS (Global Positioning System), this one-of-a-kind resource offers you the knowledge you need for your work, without bogging you down with advanced mathematics. It addresses all aspects of the GPS, emphasizes GPS applications, examines the GPS signal structure, and covers the key types of measurement being utilized in the field today. You get an in-depth discussion on the errors and biases that affect GPS measurements, along with guidance on how to overcome them. Moreover, the book shows how the GPS can be used for a number of different accuracy levels. Datums, coordinate systems, and map projections are discussed in a simple manner, offering you a clear understanding of this widely misunderstood area. This unique reference also examines the integration of the GPS with other systems, and looks at future GPS modernization. Over 75 illustrations help clarify major topics throughout the book. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Keep your computer with you!
The book's content is excellent! I have found it to be very useful for quickly getting up to speed on the topic. The book is sectioned into logical parts and does a great job providing reference material to allow anyone to become familiar with the GPS in a short period of time.

I would however caution anyone atracted to the e-book version of this book. The PDF file is locked and cannot be printed, saved or otherwise converted to a "portable" format. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR COMPUTER WITH YOU TO READ THIS BOOK. Note, one cannot even use Adobe's "cripple" Palm reader to read this e-book.

NO returns on e-book so buy the hardcover version.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BASIC REFERENCE
If you are a geodesy expert looking for a mathematical treatment of GPS theory, look elsewhere (there are several good books). If you are looking for a good collegiate-level descriptive text, this is a great choice. Clear, concise, and with all the latest info including WAAS, RTK, and similar topics. Reviewed for content by Dr. Dave Wells and written by an expert in the field, this is a super reference. ... Read more

39. Digital Communications
by JohnProakis
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
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Revised to reflect all the current trends in the digital communications field, this all-inclusive guide delivers an outstanding introduction to the analysis and design of digital communication systems. Includes expert coverage of new topics: Turbocodes, Turboequalization, Antenna Arrays, Digital Cellular Systems, and Iterative Detection. Convenient, sequential organization begins with a look at the historyo and classification of channel models and builds from there. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars good book only if you already know the subject
this is a great reference if you already know digital communication, but definitely not something that you read cover to cover. i hated this book when i was first forced to study from it, but on a second glance and a few years of research in communication theory, i like it quite a lot. definitely good for refreshing your memory or learning small things, but not for learning communication theory. you're much better off with the Proakis/Salehi "Communication System Engineering" book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good overview; not for newbies
I agree with the previous reviewer. Without the maths, digital signal analysis is simply impossible. One of the reviewers complained about the proof of the Nyquist theorem, based on the fourier transform. I looked it up; the proof is explicit and clear. Of course, readers who are unfamiliar with fourier transforms may find it difficult to follow the proof - they should first learn some elementary maths before reading this book. I'm glad that Proakis does not treat all the kindergarten stuff in full detail. After reading what this book has to say about equalization, error control, modulation, etc., the road to the professional literature is open.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good coverage but poor organization ...
I both love and hate this book at the same time! Its great for its wide coverage and unified presentation of material but the organization is rather poor indeed. There is little motivation and the material is presented as a matter of fact collection of topics. The presentation also seems to be out of sequence at times.

Other gripes: The errata is quite large and still not complete. Upon closer inspection, I found that several of the problems require assumptions that are not clearly described in the problem statement. This leads to a frustrating experience at times.

I can think of ways in which the material could be re-organized to make the "flow" much better. Doing this and adding little motivation and connecting material would make this a truly great book. I don't think that much additional effort is required for the re-organization - too bad this hasn't happened in the first 4 editions.

A major plus of the book remains - nothing else comes close in coverage. So it is still a pretty decent book if you can get the intuition and organization from elsewhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for I year grad students
Truly a comprehensive book.I have gone through Haykin and Sklar.Sklar is elementary.Haykin is not exhaustive.Proakis is a fine balance between the number of topics covered and the length of treatment of each subject.I am glad that he assumes a certain level of math as prerequisite.I loved the sections on the optimum receivers.Problems are nice and provide good practice of the theory learnt.

However if you really want to understand the foundations of "Digital Communication" I recommend the book by Viterbi and Omura - McGrawhill 1979.No modern book can match the treatment in this book.It is a real master piece for years to come.

All in all Proakis does a great job given the pressures to include lots of newer topics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book.
This book by Dr.Proakis is a bible for Digital Communications. I have studied this book in graduate degree program and also use it at work regularly. I find this book significantly more advanced, and mathematically complete compared to the Digital Communication textbook by Dr. Sklar. If you are involved in advance digital communication systems design or research, this book is a tremendous resource. Starting from the concepts of source coding, entropy, rate-distortion, through concepts of signal space, signal design for bandlimited channels, optimum receivers, channel capacity & coding, trellis coded modulation, channel equalization, spread spectrum and multi-user communication systems, fading channels etc., this book covers them all in superb conceptual and mathematical detail.

This book is designed to be an advance (Graduate) level text/reference and therefore assumes that the reader is equipped with advance mathematics including probability, random variables and stochastic processes, and communication systems concepts based upon linear systems analysis. ... Read more

40. Programming Microsoft DirectShow for Digital Video and Television
by Mark D. Pesce
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Asin: 0735618216
Catlog: Book (2003-02-12)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Sales Rank: 84032
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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This book—written by a cocreator of the popular VRML 3-D graphics language—is ideal for any developer who wants to make the most of the DirectShow API. ... Read more

Reviews (8)

2-0 out of 5 stars Not exactly "just the SDK" but still not great
I bought this book several months ago but I've held off writing a review as I have been trying to learn DirectShow.

It is not exactly just the SDK documentation in a paper binding but it isn't a whole lot more either. Most people trying to how to use DirectShow will probably buy this book anyway and they probably should: it is at least better than nothing. But don't get your hopes up.

My biggest gripe is that at least one of the examples in this book which does not come directly from the SDK sample programs doesn't seem to actually work. It compiles, and it runs, but it just doesn't display anything.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too little on VMR
I wanted to read more about the new VMR9, but the book disappointed me with the thin coverage of VMR9 and videoplayback in general. I guess the book is all right on the topics filters, video editing and video caption.

2-0 out of 5 stars Needed to like it, but....
I wanted to like this book - mostly because I really needed a book covering some of the problems I was having with DirectShow. The company I work for has DirectShow as the core component of their customer-facing software. I wasn't brought in to work on that part of it, but it quickly fell under my umbrella. I had no DirectShow experience, so I turned to the SDK docs and looked for a few books.

Well I have to say that if it wasn't for the SDK docs I would have been sunk. Both this book and Programming Direct Show have been real losers. This is better than the other book, but that isn't saying much.

Like previous posters I was disappointed by the audio. I have to support file playback, streaming, and control of a tv card through my interface. Its not rocket science, but the dearth of material on controlling tv cards in this book made it all but useless to me. The same material exists in the same form on MS DirectShow docs - the author added next to nothing.

I did give it 2 stars because sometimes it is nice to have the SDK documentation - with a little extra - to read when you are away from the computer. The author however should be ashamed for putting out such a cut-n-paste effort, pathetic.

1-0 out of 5 stars Just the SDK Docs in Paperback
This is a pathetic book. I have very little respect for any author that would produce this kind of trash. This is just somebody trying to make money because there are essentially no books available for DirectX. Throw together some "stuff" from the SDK and call it a book. Real pathetic Microsoft Press, I expected you to care more about your reputation than this.

The DirectX SDK docs do a better job than this book except that it is not as convenient as a real book that you can flip through.

I do not understand how it got such good reviews, they must not have actually read the DirectX SDK docs. I was eagerly awaiting this books arrival hoping the examples would be substinative, but they were lame, incomplete, and no more helpful than the FREE samples and docs that came with the SDK.

To say this book covers "all the details of DirectShow" is just not accurate. Assuming this book was useful, it would take 3 or 4 books like this one to provide "all the details".

This book is very high level (general). Do not expect the examples to show you how to do anything complicated.

Also, this book was supposed to be about Digital Video and Television. Last time I watched a DVD movie or TV, the movie/show would have been worthless without the audio. Yet, this book only has 14 pages dedicated to audio out of its total 414 pages. There is also about 20 other pages sprinkled around (and that's being generous). Why is this important, because coding audio is different than coding video, and any other DirecShow task. Sure, it's COM, so it's just another set of interfaces, but it is just that, another set or at least it is using the same set of interfaces differently. Same goes for other DirectShow tasks. Even the treatment of Video is very general.

I remember when Windows 3.1 and OS/2 (both from Microsoft) first came out. Programming Windows and OS/2 was considered very difficult and specialized because the documentation/books were few and not in depth. Well, now programming Windows and even OS/2 is just expected from even the novice programmer. Why? Because there are many books from many people, and Microsoft provides tons of information and real examples, and where examples are lacking, 3rd parties fill the need. That is simply not the case with DirectShow. True enough the DirectX SDK is pretty good for an SDK, but this book does nothing more than provide an incomplete hard copy of part of the SDK.

For crying out loud, the following is all over his example code "This code is also stolen from the DirectX SDK". So, just read the SDK don't waste your money on this book.

It might be better than no book, but marginally.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excatly What I Was Looking For.
This is a great book. It covers all the specifics of DirectShow and helps you get going on some pretty complicated projects.

What it doesnt do is go into any media specific problems that you may want to do (like VBI or CC Decoding) but it will help you get your hand on the approrpiate stream.

It focuses mostly on capturing AVIs from various devices and provides more support than the MSDN site.

Some of the examples in the book don't work easily and take some convincing (even after i resolved the hard coded include & link paths problems in the example code on the included CD. FYI--install the DirectX SDK in its default directory to save you much time). Moreso, the provided 'Direct Show Filter Wizard' just didn't work at all.

I am running .NET 2003 and its obvious .NET 2002 was out during the writing of this book. Though I feel the samples shouldn't be outdated so quickly. At the least, there should some updated samples for download (which I could not find at the time of writing this review).

That said, the book did answer all my questions (regardless of the included sample problems) and is definatly the book to get for DirectShow programming and describes the mystery that is the MSDN documentation. ... Read more

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