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Data Compression: The Complete Reference [Hardcover]

David Salomon
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Feb. 26 2004 0387406972 978-0387406978 3rd ed.
Data compression is one of the most important fields and tools in modern computing. From archiving data, to CD ROMs, and from coding theory to image analysis, many facets of modern computing rely upon data compression.
Data Compression provides a comprehensive reference for the many different types and methods of compression. Included are a detailed and helpful taxonomy, analysis of most common methods, and discussions on the use and comparative benefits of methods and description of "how to" use them. The presentation is organized into the main branches of the field of data compression: run length encoding, statistical methods, dictionary-based methods, image compression, audio compression, and video compression. Detailed descriptions and explanations of the most well-known and frequently used compression methods are covered in a self-contained fashion, with an accessible style and technical level for specialists and nonspecialists. Topics and features: coverage of video compression, including MPEG-1 and H.261; thorough coverage of wavelets methods, including CWT, DWT, EZW and the new Lifting Scheme technique; complete audio compression; QM coder used in JPEG and JBIG, including new JPEG 200 standard; image transformations and detailed coverage of discrete cosine transform and Haar transform; coverage of EIDAC method for compressing simple images; prefix image compression; ACB and FHM curve compression; geometric compression and edgebreaker technique.
Data Compression provides an invaluable reference and guide for all computer scientists, computer engineers, electrical engineers, signal/image processing engineers and other scientists needing a comprehensive compilation for a broad range of compression methods.

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 From a review of a previous edition: "A wonderful treasure chest of information; spanning a wide range of data compression methods, from simple text compression methods to the use of wavelets in image compression. It is unusual for a text on compression to cover the field so completely." --Computing Reviews

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference. Sept. 23 2008
If you're looking for any kind of information regarding compression, this is the book for you. This data compression 'encyclopaedia' has a detail explanation (plus algorithms/pseudo code) to all compression mechanisms that I've seen in the technical field. Programmers should have this book in their bookshelf.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent overview of many algorithms Oct. 23 1998
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This book is more about breadth than depth. It explains the workings of pretty much every data and image compression algorithm you've ever heard of. It's not as strong on theory as Bell/Cleary/Witten's _Text Compression_, and doesn't have source code like Nelson's _The Data Compression Book_, but it does a fine job of filling in the space between.
If you're not looking for source code or lots of theory, and just want to know what all these dozens of algorithms actually *do*, this would be an appropriate book for you.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An undiscovered gem of compression algorithm details April 7 2006
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This book covers a needed middle ground between the more formal books on the subject such as Sayood's "Introduction To Data Compression" and easy programmer-oriented books such as Nelson's "The Data Compression Book". This book is an encyclopedia of compression methods that briefly describes the technique of each method, along with any required math, and then shows the algorithm. Code is not shown in the sense that there are no CompressionAlgorithm.cpp files included that you can lift without knowing what you are doing. However, the algorithm pseudocode is such that you should be able to translate any algorithm into code without much trouble. I know that this book has helped me. I would suggest that any true student of data compression methods use this book in conjunction with Sayood's book. Use Sayood to get the mathematical background that you need. Then use this book to read the details of a particular algorithm in plain language. This book is truly an undiscovered gem for most in the field and I highly recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Many algorithms included, but no in-depth discussion May 2 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book explains lots of algorithms, the author tries to give you a brief overview on each of them.
However, if you're interested in the concrete ideas and proofs on how the algorithms help you to compress your data, with some mathematical works, the book isn't enough. You'll find it difficult if you want to implement the algorithms by merely reading the book.
Some idea are not clearly explained too, say, the the information on Gzip is just a summary of the GNU documentation with no in-depth discussion.
Anyway, this book is a great one judging from the (sad) fact that there are not many references on the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Complete - No Useless Filler May 3 2005
By Anonymous Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
This is by far the most all-encompassing and thorough data compression book I have ever come across. Every method covered is carefully explained in great detail leaving no doubt as to how to implement it into your various projects. This is not just some ho-hum discussion of existing software and how to copy the coding of it, as some other texts turn out to be. For once, an author did not clutter his pages of pure compression information with mountains of proprietary source code or over abundant mathematical nonsense. This book is the real deal for true data compression enthusiasts looking to follow along in real world usages and research new methods. If your sole purpose is to draw up a statistical analysis of a particular algorithm, grab your calculator and go someplace else to write your term paper. To copy someone else's source code, search the net. For those of you interested in getting in there and really tackling modern compression methodology and adapting it to whatever your needs and desires may be, this is the only book you will ever need.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensible but not very profound book Dec 13 1998
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The book is quite comprehensible also if English is not your mother tongue.
Many algorithms are touched on, but often not profound enough to allow programers to implement the methods. Also the subtitle "The Complete Reference" is questionable: I bought the book because I was looking for facts about the Elias-Willems algorithm. In vain!
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