Top positive review
on March 9, 2003
I will admit that when I first picked this book up I hated it. By the bottom of page two I was already lost.
However to be fair, I did not have the background to read this book. After taking two courses on DSP now, 1 basic and the other on advanced digital filters, I can honestly say I have used this book the most. Not only are there about 50 worked out problems at the end of each chapter, there are even examples during the brief explanation of each chapter.
This book as others have said will not stand alone, meaning if this is the only book you plan to buy on DSP, you will never understand it. This is of course typical of all Schaums books, and is preferable. By the time you get this book you should understand what a discrete time signal is (meaning is mathematical representation Sigma/summation etc) as well as your basic functions like delta dirac, step, exponential, also you should have been introduced to topics like convolution, DFT, FFT and the Z transform.
Once you have been introduced to the above, this book drills you with about 50 well worked out examples on all of them.
If you hate this book, it is (probably) because you are not ready for it yet. DSP is a simple concept that gets surprisingly complicated very fast. This book gets straight to the point and fills in the blanks and examples missing from the text books your forced to buy.
I am very pleased with this purchase.