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Understanding Digital Signal Processing (3rd Edition) Hardcover – November 11, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0137027415 ISBN-10: 0137027419 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 984 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 3 edition (November 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137027419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137027415
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard G. Lyons is a consulting Systems Engineer and lecturer with Besser Associates in Mountain View, California. He is author of the book "Understanding Digital Signal Processing", editor and contributor to the book "Streamlining Digital Signal Processing", and has authored numerous articles on DSP. Lyons has taught DSP at the University of California Santa Cruz Extension and recently received the IEEE Signal Processing Society's 2012 Educator of the Year award.

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I really love the way the book is written.
Victor Ramamoorthy
Lyons' discussion of DSP is very well motivated, and relevant issues are presented in their full technical detail.
Jeff D. Bricker
Richard Lyons book "Understanding Digital Signal Processing" is just such a book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stan Shear on April 8, 2013
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If you are planning to get into DSP from a practical point of view, then there are only two books to get - and this is one of them. DSP is a complex subject, and if you are not in an educational environment where you have easy access to teachers who can advise you, then you could easily be turned off by diving into a book such as Schafer and Oppenheim's recognized text book on the subject. I am a retired ex-academic with an interest in signal processing, and decided to get back into the field, which had developed considerably since I was involved in basic continuous signal processing, which than revolved around Fourier analysis and integrals. I researched the market thoroughly and ended up purchasing Steven Smith's excellent book "The Scientist and Engineer's Guide to Digital Signal Processing", which gives a conceptual view of DSP without getting too involved in the mathematics of the subject. Having worked through this book and established a solid basis of what DSP is all about, I decided that I needed a little more mathematical support to the concepts, and settled on the current book. What a good choice. These two books are a perfect complement to each other, and the writing style of the authors is very similar. Anybody getting into DSP is strongly advised to purchase them both. But back to the current book - this book focuses on the reader and makes you feel that you are interacting with a teacher rather than puzzling over equations. It leads you gently through the concepts, but doesn't bypass thorough considerations of the development, for instance, of the Fast Fourier Transform, which can be quite intimidating. This is a chapter that you can scan through without disrupting the rest of the material.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 29, 2011
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Rick's book is a clear and engaging textbook on digital signal processing. The style of the book is much more easy-going than many introductory DSP books. Even with the easy-going attitude, the author does not dumb-down the technical accuracy required to do high-level DSP effectively. The emphasis in this book is on getting the reader to understand the technical concepts; if the reader understands the concepts, they should get the maths right.

When I wrote the review of the first edition (the paragraph above), it was true. Each subsequent edition has only improved the text. [Disclaimer: I have no commerical interest in the book, but I did help Rick revise small parts of it.]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CK on February 22, 2013
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In every field there are books that just stand apart. They are so well written that they change your opinion about the subject. In fact, with most mathematical ideas if you understand them well, they no longer seem tedious, or hard. Richard Lyons book "Understanding Digital Signal Processing" is just such a book. I remember coming across it on Amazon when Amazon was young. This was before Amazon had a "look inside" feature and one was generally leery of ordering things on line. There was a introduction to the book written by the author which I read. The writing style was impressive and so I ordered the book. I still remember looking through and thinking this looks fun! It had more pictures than it had formulas! How often do you get excited looking at a textbook!

I read the first chapter that night and felt exhilarated. I had my first aha moment in DSP. Although I was out of graduate school for several years at that time, I felt that I had never really understood the subject. Yes, I could do the transforms for homework etc., but understood, not really. In this book, Lyons starts with discrete signals, goes through sampling and aliasing in the first chapter. Each chapter build gently on the previous. All just a model of clarity and beauty. I particularly loved the filter chapter, with such easy to understand exposition of what the equation meant, the forward part and the reverse part. We all love pictures and the book's strength is its ability to communicate not just in words but also in figures. From DFT to filter design to DSP algorithms, all come alive as explained by Lyons.

I think I did read the whole book in about a week. I had been writing papers and felt that this is the way engineering should be taught. This is the way engineering books should be written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Braddon VS on February 22, 2013
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I had been searching for a good DSP reference book, when I found Understanding Digital Signal Processing 3rd ed. in Amazon. The reviews regarding the 2nd ed. we're positive, so I decided to get a copy.

At the same time I was working on a software defined radio for the HF amateur bands. I had little knowledge of I and Q signals, analytic signals, Hilbert transforms - a lot of things that make single sideband modulation/demodulation possible in an SDR.

This book, in addition to extensive coverage of FIR/IIR filtering and related topics, also covers complex/quadrature signals, upconversion/downconversion, Hilbert transform, sample rate conversion, polyphase filtering, etc. in a way that's understandable and applicable. The math is there as one would expect, but then the author also explains things in a physical/real sense. I was able to learn these topics and actually apply them - the fact that I was able to make my SDR work is a testimony to the book.

To summarize - if I need to brush up on a DSP topic, or learn something new, but then APPLY it, this book is an wonderful reference. If you're considering this book, be sure and review the Table of Contents - there's a lot in this book. The Processing Tricks section has been very helpful as well. I can highly recommend this book.
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