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An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Image Processing: Pixels, Numbers, and Programs Hardcover – Apr 27 2012

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (April 27 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262017164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262017169
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #311,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Finally, there is an introductory level image processing book that is written in a truly multi-disciplinary way! By approaching the material in a horizontal rather than vertical fashion, Steven Tanimoto has created an accessible resource that should have broad impact and appeal. I hope others will follow his lead and approach their subject areas in a similar way.

(Tony DeRose, Senior Scientist, Pixar Animation Studios)

Due to heavy prerequisite requirements, image processing is typically an option only for students who have already taken enough programming and math courses. This book presents an effective approach to address this issue by carefully balancing programming and math requirements, making image processing accessible to junior (or even sophomore) students, as well as to non-majors.

(George Bebis, Director of Computer Vision Laboratory, University of Nevada)

This new book is suitable for audiences in interdisciplinary areas with applications of image processing. Steven Tanimoto uses an intuitive and efficient structure to describe image processing topics, and offers many illustrations using PixelMath, a unique image processing program.

(Lijun Yin, Department of Computer Science, Binghamton University)

About the Author

Steven L. Tanimoto is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington.

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By Shahram Payandeh on May 2 2015
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It is a very intriguing reference book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Hardcover Edition Has Color April 21 2013
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Format: Hardcover
I've recently received a hardcopy of this book.

One of the other reviewers has given this book a very low rating due to the Kindle edition supposedly not having color images. I don't own the kindle version so I can't comment on this.

However, I can verify that the hardcover doesn't have any such problems and that the print quality is as good as you could ask for.

Readers should be aware that the book duplicates each of the color images; in the main text it shows each image in greyscale, but then in the color insert section it has a large collection of all the images for which color is relevant (printed in full color on glossy/thick paper).

It is possible that the other reviewer simply neglected to look at the color insert section and assumed the greyscale images they saw were the only ones in the text. However, I cannot know this. Thus I would still recommend avoiding the kindle version unless another reviewer can confirm whether or not the kindle has the color insert in it.

The book itself seems to be an interesting and fairly well written text on various image effects and concepts. The important thing to know about this book, compared to others, is that it covers a variety of strange/fun processing effects such as photomosaics, warping/distorting images in several ways, and so on. Many other image processing books cover primarily only the more dry subjects of strict physical light and color theory and analysis. Thus, this book is good for getting a bunch of ideas on interesting creative things one can do to an image.

If you're looking for a very precise treatment of the properties of light and color you're probably better off with a different book, but if you want to know how to do some of the weirder image effects then this is a good book to have.

So far I have only read a relatively small portion of the book, and grazed through the rest a bit. Normally I'd wait until I read the full text, but I felt inclined to offer this review now in order to counter-balance the previous (probably overly harsh) review. I might edit my review once I'm finished with the full text.

Thank you for reading, and I hope this helps you in your decision.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A good read! Nov. 18 2013
By Mohamad Ismail - Published on
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The only thing I didn't like is the use of PixelMath... I'd prefer if he used numpy for example. I had to test most stuff using numpy.

In general, it was a good read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive May 5 2013
By Teun - Published on
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A very comprehensive book on image processing, building from the ground up and therefore suitable for a broad range of people with different background knowledge.
Great intro book March 9 2015
By Tech guy - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Very helpful book -- the first one that really taught me stuff without being way over my head.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Awesome Textbook Sept. 30 2013
By Austin Rogers - Published on
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An Awesome text book for an awesome class. 5 stars I highly recommend this book as the textbook for the class.