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Introduction to Data Compression, Third Edition (Morgan Kaufmann Series in Multimedia Information and Systems) Hardcover – December 15, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0126208627 ISBN-10: 012620862X Edition: 3rd

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Book Description

DVDs, digital cameras, and iPODs have been possible due to data compression, this book guides new professionals in this key field!

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The second edition of Introduction to Data Compression builds on the features that made the first the logical choice-for practitioners who need a comprehensive guide to compression for all types of multimedia and instructors who want to equip their students with solid foundations in these increasingly important and diverse techniques.
This book provides an extensive introduction to the theory underlying today's compression techniques, with detailed, instruction for their application. All of the coverage has been updated to reflect the state of the art in data compression, including both new algorithms and older methods for which new uses are being found. And the downloadable software gives you the opportunity to see firsthand how various algorithms work, to choose and implement appropriate techniques in your own applications, and to build your own algorithms.

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  • Fully updated to cover the most recent lossy and lossless compression techniques, including wavelets, subband coding, predictive lossless techniques, and Huffman coding variants.
  • Explains established and emerging standards in depth: JPEG 2000, JPEG-LS, MPEG 2, Group 3 and 4 Faxes, JBIG 2, ADPCM, LPC, CELP, and MELP.
  • Includes an new chapter providing the mathematical background required for understanding wavelets and subband coding.
  • Via the companion Web site, provides source code that enables you to experiment with a wide range of compression techniques, along with sample data and updates on the latest developments in the compression field.
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Product Details

  • Series: Morgan Kaufmann Series in Multimedia Information and Systems
  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 3 edition (December 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 012620862X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0126208627
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,636,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is very comprehensive.
Sakesun Roykiattisak
I use this book for a senior undergrad / beginning grad student level course at the University of Delaware, and strongly recommend it to others.
Paul Amer Grants
Chapter 7 describes various lossless image compression algorithms such as JBIG as well as their applications.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Amer Grants on September 25, 2000
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While some books may cover individual compression techniques in finer detail, Sayood's book provides the best comprehensive overview of the data compression field including video, voice, images, text, music, etc. The reader gains a deep respect for the underlying mathematical basis for compression without being inundated with complex mathematics. I use this book for a senior undergrad / beginning grad student level course at the University of Delaware, and strongly recommend it to others.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sakesun Roykiattisak on March 21, 2001
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Many reviewers tried to say that this book should avoid the word "INTRODUCTION" in it's name because of it's intensive mathematics. But I'm totally disagree. Mathematics and all theoretical aspects explained in this book is just a preliminary review compare to what the researchers all around the world are doing in the data compression area. This book is really an "INTRODUCTION" book.
This book is very comprehensive. You'd absolutely need it if you are going to start a research in this area. If you're just wonder how data can be compressed, you can try other easy books like Peter Wayner's :"Compression Algorithms for Real Programmers". Or if you need compression as a feature in your software product, I'd suggest you not to implement it yourself. Try 3rd party library. Data Compression is the job for specialists.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dinkar on April 24, 2003
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The book is one of the clearest I have read as a text book. Why cant everybody write like this?? There is very good flow throughout the text.
Only complaint is the software. It looks the software has not kept pace with the book itself. Some additional software has to be added (for Transform coding, for instance), and some references in the text book to the software are incorrect. If the accompanying software is upgraded, as it should be, I will rate this book a clear 5-star.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Emory T Clark on February 15, 2004
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Amazon claims that this is "the definitive guide". I have to agree with them because this book is the only broad grey pages introduction to data compression that I have been able to find, and it is very well written.
If you are only casually interested in data compression this book is not for you.
If you are interested in adding compression to your application and your data falls into a common category, sound, video, text ect this book is probably not for you. You should look to the open source community or buy an off the shelf product.
But if your data is odd or unique like say telemtry data (I'm sure there are other examples I just can't think of any) and you need to design a compression scheme for your data this book is "the only" book for you.
If you want to begin research into data compression and you are a newbie this book is a must have.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Damon J. Casale on July 18, 2000
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This textbook is fairly comprehensive on the various compression algorithms, and the theory behind them. However, a CD with included sample code and the "example" pictures mentioned in the text would have helped tremendously in conveying the material. As it is, the text tries to explain the algorithms using math with no sample code whatsoever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TinWoodman on July 6, 2000
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Appropriate examples in this book help understanding of this field, even if readers don't have enogh grounding in mathematics. It should be also mentioned that this second edition covers new technologies such as wavelet-based compression. This is one of the best textbook to study still-image compression, while may be somewhat insufficient to study video compression.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sujith on December 27, 2004
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The best thing about this book is the coverage and organization of the material. Sayood covers a wide variety of compression topics without getting into the nitty gritty details of them all. Thats why its an "Introductory" book. This book is a valuable resource for those who want to know the basics of various compression techniques and can be used as a starting point for further details. Some topics like arithmetic coding are covered in more detail than others. The book is also organized nicely with mathematical foundations provided as and when necessary.
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This is one of those books that only gets a new edition when the author has something genuinely new to say, and this third edition of Sayood's excellent introduction to data compression is no exception. This particular edition is different from the second mainly in that there is a new chapter on audio compression that includes a description of the mp3 algorithm. Also there is additional information on the new video coding standards as well as the new facsimile standards.

As to the target audience for this book, if you are tasked with designing hardware or software implementations of data compression algorithms and you have some background in either electrical engineering or computer science, then this is a good book from which to learn and then to practice what you learn via some very good exercises. Some prior knowledge of information theory and random processes wouldn't hurt either. There is also an abundance of examples that are sprinkled throughout the book to illustrate concepts as they are presented. The author's approach in each chapter is to explain each concept in as an accessible manor as possible, present relevant equations, and then work an example using what has just been presented.

The book presents the mathematical preliminaries in chapter 2, and chapters 3 and 4 are dedicated to coding algorithms which include Huffman coding, arithmetic coding, Golumb-Rice codes, and Tunstall codes. Chapters 5 and 6 describe many of the popular lossless compression methods and their applications. These methods include LZW, BWT, and DMC. Chapter 7 describes various lossless image compression algorithms such as JBIG as well as their applications. Chapter 8 discusses the mathematical background of lossy compression standards.
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