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

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

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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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  • Hardcover: 984 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 3 edition (November 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137027419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137027415
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Stan 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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11 of 11 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Tsiappoutas on January 10, 2012
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My review is based on the second edition. I've been using this book for the last four (4) years. I wish i'd purchased it ten (10) years ago.

Core DSP concepts are made clear and intuitive. Lyons' pedagogical style is comparable to Steven Smith's introductory book (Digital Signal Processing: A Practical Guide for Engineers and Scientists, also freely distributed online at author's Web site). Math is used only when needed and generally kept to a minimum---a refreshing approach for such a technical topic.

This book, along maybe with Schaums Outline of Digital Signal Processing, 2nd Edition (Schaum's Outline Series), should form a good basis for conceptually understanding the fundamentals and beyond, so that upper undergraduate and graduate courses on DSP become more enjoyable. Lyons' clarity is uncommon. The breadth of the book is also commendable.

The book is not a substitute for the classic texts on DSP (Proakis, Oppenheim & Schafer, Manolakis) or Fourier theory (Bracewell, Papoulis); judging by his style, neither does the author make a pretense it is. Rather, this is a much needed attempt to gap the math--intuition gap so many of us have struggled with over their beginning DSP years. And a very successful one at that. Truly an exceptional and welcome addition to the DSP literature.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thatoneguy on December 25, 2014
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I am a sophomore undergrad EE student and I prefer to read the material then go to lectures. Unfortunately, the books for my courses do not explain things very clearly intentionally to make the reader "think" so it can be very frustrating when trying to solve a problem. This book brings thing down from the almighty prestigious mystical rigorous pedestal and is like having grandpa explain things. It is an excellent reference and many times I ended up saying "that's it...? That is all I had to do?" after reading a few pages.

The down side is that there are no selected answers in the back of the book, the solution manual is locked down, and even Chegg does not have guided answers. So if you want to reach yourself DSP, you will probably need a more traditional textbook with a solution manual (usually an older edition).
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