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The Scientist & Engineer's Guide to Digital Signal Processing Hardcover – January 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0966017632 ISBN-10: 0966017633 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 626 pages
  • Publisher: California Technical Pub; 1st edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966017633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966017632
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the hardcover edition of Smith's classic book. It is also available in softcover under the title: "Digital Signal Processing: A Guide for Engineers and Scientists." The softcover version is slightly less expensive, while the hardcover edition contains an additional 23 page study guide to help newcomers to DSP. The Author's recommendation: Choose the hardcover edition if you will need DSP in the future, and the softcover version if your need is only short-term.

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As others have said, the author is very clear and concise in his explanations.
"the1guru"
This is an excellent companion book to the standard, highly mathematical DSP books (Proakis, Oppenheim, etc) used in Electrical Engineering departments.
tagger9
Even though the book is free to download on the Author's site, it quite literally makes e want to buy it to support him.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Christian Granata on November 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
No other DSP text even comes close. I cannot even begin to describe the worth of this volume in 1000 words, but I will do my best:
1) The author explicitly reviewed important fundamental concepts such as convolution, system response, sampling theorems, etc. He did so with incredible clarity and mathematical precision, while maintaining readability. This is key, as it forms an excellent foundation for using the book as a "from-the-ground-up" DSP trainer.
I (also) highly recommend this text to anyone NEEDING TO LEARN DSP UNDER DEADLINE! I have used this text to mentor undergraduates through capstone design courses involving DSP, with tremendous success.
2) The author makes excellent usage of graphical examples to ensure a solid grasp of the concepts. He does so with equally clear descriptive text.
3) The author presents UNDERSTANDABLE techniques and methodologies for solving real-world DSP problems. His presentation consistently relates the results and examples to the fundamentals, reinforcing the reader's grasp as he or she progresses through the material.
4) Worth mentioning twice: This DSP text is EASY to read!!!!!
If only my entire engineering library were this good. (Note: I am in no way affiliated with the author or publisher.)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Andy Martwick on July 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
It takes an expert to be able to explain a complicated subject, and Steve Smith is one of those rare experts.
I had no previous experience with signal processing. Within a week of reading this book, I was able to write FFTs, high pass, low pass, and windowed sinc filters in C.
As a bonus, his clear description of convolution, complex numbers, Fourier transform, Laplace transform and Z transform made them all "click".
The only other book I've read that has been able to explain a complicated subject with this level of clarity is Richard Feynman's Physics Lecture series.
Thanks Steve!
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Spear on January 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Evarything that the other reviewers say is true. However, his newer book is an update with added material, improve typesetiing, and a CD with programs.

Buy the new book, which has a slightly different title, "DSP for Engineers and Scientists..."

Added note, of November, 2011: I have just edited my old review, changing the rating from one star to four stars. I did not mean to give it a bad review, eight years ago. I just had wanted to alert people of the newer edition of the book. I apologize for not making my message more clear. I think (as I always have) that the author has written the best book on the subject. -J.D.S.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Veit on August 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a mechanical engineer, but lately I have been doing a lot of signal processing and data analysis using MatLab. This book was a great way to get back up to speed. Its clear and concise without geting too bogged down in theory - lots of directly applicable tips and info.
Its also free for download on the author's website, [...] and from Analog Devices website in their training materials area, [...].
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tagger9 on September 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book if you want to understand the concepts and practical aspects of digital signal processing. I have read dozens of DSP books, and found none are better than this for explaining, in words rather than equations, what you are really doing in DSP. There are some equations where required and a background in basic calculus would be helpful but not essential.
This is an excellent companion book to the standard, highly mathematical DSP books (Proakis, Oppenheim, etc) used in Electrical Engineering departments. These books give lots of equations and tell you how to solve them; the DSP book by Smith tells you what the DSP equations are really doing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am a graduate mechanical engineering student and I have found that ALL engineers today are required to have a GOOD fundamental understanding of electricity and electronics. The most difficult of electronic concepts to grasp for the uninitiated is DSP. After skimming through other books and becoming quite frustrated hacking my way through others I have found not only the best introduction to DSP in publication, but also one of the best technical books I've ever seen...and I read a lot of technical books outside of required texts. Excellent job by the author...books like this do not come around often enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Baron on October 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The author promises at the beginning of the book to explain all DSP concepts without using anything else then elementry math. He has succeeded in doing that from page one to the last one!. Every subject in DSP, no matter how mathematically complex, is described here with clarity that can not be found elsewhere. The explanation about FFT, laplace and Z-Transorm are awesome. It's amazing how subjects as complex as these are explained in plain english that everyone can understand. Also other subjects like neural networks and compression are explained in the most clear way I've seen in any book. An Amazing job. Buy it Now!.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am on page 40, and the money is already considered well spent.
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