- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (June 29, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449316549
- ISBN-13: 978-1449316549
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Programming Computer Vision with Python: Tools and algorithms for analyzing images 1st Edition
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Jan Erik Solem is a Python enthusiast and a computer vision researcher and entrepreneur. He is an applied mathematician and has worked as associate professor, startup CTO, and now also book author. He sometimes writes about computer vision and Python on his blog www.janeriksolem.net. He has used Python for computer vision in teaching, research and industrial applications for many years. He currently lives in San Francisco.
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I guess that could be good or bad depending on how much work you're willing to do. For me it has been, overall, good.
Two things I don't like: the examples and the printing.
The examples: Many computer books either come with a CD that has the code examples on it, or gives a link to a website. Not this one. You have to hand type the code examples which may be 10 to 50 lines. Also the sample images don't seem to be available so you can't replicate the book's results.
The printing: For a topic like vision, with many sample photos throughout, color would seem to be important. But this book is printed in black and white. What's worse, many of the pages seem to have been systematically smudged. I don't know if this is unique to my copy, but many of the pages seem to be marked with a circular smear that seems to have been made while the ink was still damp. There may be several such smears on a single page, some of then smudging the images that are purportedly showing you the result of the latest image manipulation technique. To say this reduces the value of the example is an understatement.
So I guess I would give the author a 5 (best rating) and the printer or publisher a 2.
Unfortunately, there are a few nagging elements that detract from the beginner's experience.
For example, new terms such as "eigenvectors" are introduced in Chapter 1 without a description of what they mean. Example code is sometimes split up into sections, interspersed with the text, making it more difficult to type in. The small font size also tends to be a bit of a distraction.
According to the back cover, "This book is ideal for...enthusiasts with basic programming and standard mathematical skills." I'm a programmer and use Python at work, and am an "enthusiast" but have no prior CV experience. Perhaps the SimpleCV book (also from O'Reilly) would be a better intro for CV newbies in grappling this complex subject... maybe there is even a market for "CV for Dummies" style books?