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Information Theory: 50 Years of Discovery 1st Edition

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Electrical Engineering Information Theory 50 Years of Discovery In 1948 Claude Shannon published "The Mathematical Theory of Communication," the paper that single-handedly started the field of information theory and laid the foundation for virtually all aspects of modern-day communications. Now, Information Theory celebrates the discovery of this dynamic field with a major collection of 25 tutorial articles spanning the last 50 years. With over 3,000 references, this book is an ideal resource for industry researchers, practicing engineers, and graduate students in communications, signal processing, and computing. Written by leaders in the field, these articles provide insightful introductions and useful summaries bridging 50 years of work on the theory and practice of:

  • Data compression
  • Error correction
  • Modulation and coding
  • Detection and estimation
  • Shannon theory
  • Signal Processing
Information Theory also includes a CD-ROM that contains the author, subject, and transaction indexes of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory Digital Library. This CD-ROM includes a complete listing of, and hyperlinks to, all papers from IEEE Transactions on Information Theory since its inception in 1953.

About the Author

About the Editors Sergio Verdu is professor of electrical engineering at Princeton University. He has served as associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, and has served as president of the IEEE Information Theory Society. Dr. Verdu has also received the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award, and a Golden Jubilee Paper Award from the Information Theory Society. He is the author of Multiuser Detection (Cambridge University Press, 1998), and his research interests include information theory and multiuser communication.
Steven W. McLaughlin is associate professor in the School of ECE at Georgia Institute of Technology. From 1995 to 1999, Dr. McLaughlin served as the publications editor of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He holds 16 U.S. patents in modulation codes for magnetic and optical recording, and his research interests include coding for constrained channels, signal processing, coding for high-density magnetic and optical recording channels, and turbo codes. In 1997 he received both the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and the National Science Foundation Career Award.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Press; 1 edition (September 16, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0780353633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0780353633
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.8 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "s_alan_hoffman" on February 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Out of all of the IEEE collections of papers which are published in book format.... I truly believe that this is by far the best. The papers, were specially written for the October 1998 edition of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory for the Golden 50th Anniversery of information theory, a field which was arguably started in 1948 with Claude Shannon's publication of The Mathematical Theory of Communications in the Bell Systems Technical Journal.
This collection of papers is from famous authors such as Sergio Verdu, Costello, Cover, Calderbank, Robert Grey, Neuhoff, Berger, Gibson, Proakis, etc.. Most of the papers are survey papers with phenominal references so you can pursue your interest further. Also, since these are survey papers (meaning "tutorials"), unlike most of the usual papers published in Transactions on IT, these are accessable (understandable) to the average person who does not specialize in digital communications or information theory.
The collection of papers is a true delight, bar none, the best tutorial papers I've ever seen written, anywhere. This book is worth thousands of leisurly hours of reading. But don't worry... if your looking for some deep technical stuff, or deep historical coverage of certain topics... there are also papers in the book which fit that criterion. Something for everybody at any level of expertise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryuji Suzuki on March 30, 2000
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McLaughlin was the editor of the Trans on Info Theory then, and Verdu was the guest editor for the 50th anniversary special issue. The main content of the book is identical to this issue of the transaction except for pages renumbered. The major difference is the improved paper and printing quality :-)
The issue was an excellent collection of great tutorial papers on various important topics. Obviously Verdu did a superb job as the guest editor, besides one article by himself. Cover and Thomas is an excellent information theory textbook, but the coverage and depth are sometimes limited to be a well organized textbook. This book (or T-IT Oct 1998) fills in many parts where Cover and Thomas left untouched. In addition, each review paper by top researchers of the field comes with relatively exhaustive listing of references.
Minor, but important addition in the book part is the indeces. Name index to the name of authors of literatures cited is of great value.
The most important difference of this book from the Transactions is that it comes with a CD-ROM of all reference entries since the Trans on Info Theory began, and the entries are well organized and fully linked. All is in HTML format except for PDF files for the papers contained in the book. Therefore the CD-ROM does not depend on a particular platform (I work at a Microsoft free environment, so I couldn't comment on the CD-ROM otherwise)
For the value of the papers, and the effort required to compile and maintain the complete list of journal refernces are well worth your money to keep a copy, especially because there aren't many info theory books.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book presents an excellent review of the last fifty years of information theory, since the days of Claude Shannon. The material in this book is well-compiled and comprehensive. A "must" for any person interested in the flow of Information Theory over time!
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