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Digital Communications, 5th Edition Hardcover – November 6, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0072957167 ISBN-10: 0072957166 Edition: 5th

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  • Hardcover: 1150 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 5th edition (November 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072957166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072957167
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One may think I just replace one book with three.
Yan Zhu
In this sense, this book is rigorous, and along with Sklar's book form a very interesting/complemented reference.
G. Arismendi
Students and practitioners alike will gain a powerful insight by studying its content..
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Yan Zhu on November 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
With 5th Edition, this book is over 1000 pages. Digital Communication is not like programming book (which is full of coding list). It is full of reasoning and math. I can't imagine any person can go through this 1000-page journey. Would it be a good reference/dictionary? Certain it is not except for its size. Two major reasons I have:

1. you can't find a consistent notation through this book. Almost each chapter has its own symbol system. I believe it is the most basic requirement for a dictionary or reference.

2. In terms of the results, I believe you can find in other book with better writing qualities and more comprehensive treatment. E.g. You can find all results for PER calculation in "Digital Communication over fading channel "; You can find more fundamental treatment in "Fundamental Wireless Communications"; For coding, we have tens of good book out there. One may think I just replace one book with three. But even with three books, you may pay the same price. Plus better quality is the key to learn especially for beginner. If you just want to know the general ideal, I would like to recommend "Digital Communications" by John Barry et.al.

In short, if you want to learn about digital communication, leave this book along. This book has been over-appraised for many years. Not sure how many students are intimidated by this book so that stop pursuing this area. Believe me, digital communication is interesting and you don't have to go through this book to appreciate it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By G. Arismendi on February 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm taking a graduate course of digital communications and using Proakis' book along with Sklar's one. The 2nd one is a very illustrative, book very interesting to read and easy to follow, but when you wanna go further you must go to Proakis' book. This is a more deep reference, who takes more emphasys on mathematical and stochastic models to explain why thing happens in digital communications. In this sense, this book is rigorous, and along with Sklar's book form a very interesting/complemented reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Poor Student on April 8, 2010
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While I was loathe to purchase this newest edition of Proakis' book on Digital Communications, owing to older editions floating around my lab, I decided it was worth it to shell out the money for this most recent edition. It is fairly concise, and provides an excellent survey of modern digital communications. Its treatment of OFDM and adaptive equalization as well as more traditional equalization methods is spot on, and this book is definitely sufficient to give a grad student enough background to pursue more advanced topics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maximillian on August 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I like Proakis' writing (and his co-authors) because it is perfectly the right amount of words to convey the ideas thoroughly, at least for the most part. This book is the deepest you'll get into the theory, so it should sit on your shelf as one of the advanced deep-dives because it will focus on the mathematics but not give you the intuition. This book is excellent AFTER you have acquired some intuition through other means. Then coming back to this book is a very interesting. It is used very heavily in universities, and that's fine for very advanced courses, but the first steps in learning digital communications should be with other books and PRACTICAL exposure- like get a book on MATLAB Simulink modeling (Proakis actually has a good MATLAB book). The best textbook to learn this stuff from I think is Sklar's book. It is wonderfully clear and the mathematical excursions are kept simple to emphasize the big picture. Too many US universities are using dated conventional approaches to teaching theory-first hands-on later. That doesn't help prepare students for hitting the ground running when they go out and are working- actually implementing this stuff in FPGAs. Flip the order. Practical hands-on, then theory. They're equally critical. Aside from the absurd pricetag (what the heck is going on with US publishers inflating the prices on books? Shameful.) I'd recommend definitely getting this book at some point if you are going to work in the field.
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This book covers every aspect of digital comm. in a thorough and comprehensive way.

It can serve as a reference source.

Students and practitioners alike will gain a powerful insight by studying its content..

Grigore Caragacianu
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By Chris Hurst on February 9, 2014
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Good book. Goes through everything i have needed for my class in digital communications.
Sometimes i feel like it shortcuts too much tho
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By thmlmnbiz on February 4, 2013
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The most "complete" Digital Communications text I've come across in my narrow comparison. Detail comes with a price - you must be willing to read, as it's not a good quick reference
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