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Parameter Estimation and Inverse Problems, Volume 90, Second Edition (International Geophysics) 2nd Edition

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"A few years ago, it was my pleasure to review for the TLE this book’s first edition, published in 2005…The present revised version is some 60 pages longer and contains several significant modifications.  As is true of the original, the book continues to be one of the clearest as well as the most comprehensive elementary expositions of discrete geophysical inverse theory.  It is ideally suited for beginners as well as a fine resource for those searching for a particular inverse problem.  Each algorithm is presented in the form of pseudo-code, then backed up by a collection of MATLAB codes downloadable from an Elsevier Web site…All examples in the book are beautifully illustrated with simple, easy to follow "cartoon" problems, and all painstakingly designed to illuminate the details of a particular numerical method."--The Leading Edge, July 2012, page 860

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By Richard Aster, Brian Borchers and Cliff Thurber
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  • Series: International Geophysics (Book 90)
  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 2 edition (February 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123850487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123850485
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This text was one of two books used for a graduate-level class iI attended for students of geophysics. The second textbook was Tarantola's.

Positive: The writing is very readable and the book is well organized. Prerequisite knowledge in statistics, linear algebra and vector calculus is summarised in appendices, which include exercises. The exercises throughout the book are well aligned with the difficulty level. Compared to Tarantola, the Aster et al. book is certainly more accessible for the novice, except for those with a background in pure mathematics. In addition to the exposition and exercises, the book also contains worked examples including, and this is a great plus, Matlab code that can be downloaded and run to follow along. The code is well written and comes with utility libraries that can then be used to work examples or even apply to research problems.

Neutral: The organisation of the material is very classical, starting with linear problems and treating non-linear problems. Some may prefer it this way. It happens that the class I attended used Aster et al. to cover the background material (ie, the appendices), then proceeded to general inverse problems through iterative methods using Tarantola, and finally returned to Aster to treat the linear case more in-depth. If I had to teach this class, I would probably do something similar and work through general, potentially non-linear problems before linear problems. The language and examples of Aster et al. are geared towards the seismologist or other solid-earth geophysicist, though there are some that allude to tomography.

Negative: The only potentially questionable choice is the total reliance on Matlab.
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This is a comprehensive guide to understand the basic approaches to the inverse problems. As it addresses the Bayesian approaches as well toward the end of the text, one who is interested in parameter estimation should benefit from this book for further development and application of mathematical tools to deal with real life data from measurements or experiments.
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This book strikes a good balance between applications and mathematical rigor. Useful for practitioners of numerical inversion as a reference and a gateway to the original mathematical works.
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