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The Scientist & Engineer's Guide to Digital Signal Processing [Hardcover]

Steven W. Smith
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March 1998 0966017633 978-0966017632
Clear and concise explanations of practical DSP techniques. Written for scientists and engineers needing the power of DSP, but not the abstract theory and detailed mathematics.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! April 27 2004
By H. Kim
Format:Hardcover
I have BS in computer science and 8 years of S/W development experience in telecommunication industry. But my primary skill is protocol development and systems programming.
But as a music lover, as a musician, I've been interested in DSP technology for a long time and tried several times to get acquainted to the technology with no avail.
I guess the reason I failed is I couldn't understand the exact meaning of mathematical languages in DSP area.
I'm still in the middle of this book but now I can understand what the mathematical languages mean. The author is very precise using math languages and translate the language into easy plain english without missing any clarity and bravity of mathematical language.
I'm gonna keep working on DSP with this book as my hobby and finally when the time comes, all I gotta do is use my programming skill to develop a useful DSP S/W.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great start into DSP April 8 2004
By Manfred
Format:Hardcover
This book tells everything you have to know about the mathematics to realise any signal processing application.
With the help of the examples (written in BASIC, I have some adapted into C) you can realize filters and signal synthesis/processing with FFT. There is no theoretical overhead.
With the help of this book I have developed a modem software within four monthes, without any basic knowledge in DSP.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for DSP implementers of ALL backgrounds! A+ Nov. 29 2001
By Christian Granata - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
No other DSP text even comes close. I cannot even begin to describe the worth of this volume in 1000 words, but I will do my best:
1) The author explicitly reviewed important fundamental concepts such as convolution, system response, sampling theorems, etc. He did so with incredible clarity and mathematical precision, while maintaining readability. This is key, as it forms an excellent foundation for using the book as a "from-the-ground-up" DSP trainer.
I (also) highly recommend this text to anyone NEEDING TO LEARN DSP UNDER DEADLINE! I have used this text to mentor undergraduates through capstone design courses involving DSP, with tremendous success.
2) The author makes excellent usage of graphical examples to ensure a solid grasp of the concepts. He does so with equally clear descriptive text.
3) The author presents UNDERSTANDABLE techniques and methodologies for solving real-world DSP problems. His presentation consistently relates the results and examples to the fundamentals, reinforcing the reader's grasp as he or she progresses through the material.
4) Worth mentioning twice: This DSP text is EASY to read!!!!!
If only my entire engineering library were this good. (Note: I am in no way affiliated with the author or publisher.)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very practical and complete, easy to understand July 26 2001
By Andy Martwick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It takes an expert to be able to explain a complicated subject, and Steve Smith is one of those rare experts.
I had no previous experience with signal processing. Within a week of reading this book, I was able to write FFTs, high pass, low pass, and windowed sinc filters in C.
As a bonus, his clear description of convolution, complex numbers, Fourier transform, Laplace transform and Z transform made them all "click".
The only other book I've read that has been able to explain a complicated subject with this level of clarity is Richard Feynman's Physics Lecture series.
Thanks Steve!
53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book, but his newer edition is cheaper! Jan. 3 2003
By Jonathan Spear - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Evarything that the other reviewers say is true. However, his newer book is an update with added material, improve typesetiing, and a CD with programs.

Buy the new book, which has a slightly different title, "DSP for Engineers and Scientists..."

Added note, of November, 2011: I have just edited my old review, changing the rating from one star to four stars. I did not mean to give it a bad review, eight years ago. I just had wanted to alert people of the newer edition of the book. I apologize for not making my message more clear. I think (as I always have) that the author has written the best book on the subject. -J.D.S.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference - and its free. Aug. 9 2005
By A. Veit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am a mechanical engineer, but lately I have been doing a lot of signal processing and data analysis using MatLab. This book was a great way to get back up to speed. Its clear and concise without geting too bogged down in theory - lots of directly applicable tips and info.
Its also free for download on the author's website, [...] and from Analog Devices website in their training materials area, [...].
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST book for Intuitive Understanding of DSP Sept. 24 2001
By tagger9 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent book if you want to understand the concepts and practical aspects of digital signal processing. I have read dozens of DSP books, and found none are better than this for explaining, in words rather than equations, what you are really doing in DSP. There are some equations where required and a background in basic calculus would be helpful but not essential.
This is an excellent companion book to the standard, highly mathematical DSP books (Proakis, Oppenheim, etc) used in Electrical Engineering departments. These books give lots of equations and tell you how to solve them; the DSP book by Smith tells you what the DSP equations are really doing.
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