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Signals and Systems

2.5 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: John Wiley (1999)
  • ASIN: B003WL3RJ0
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,494,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm a UW computer engr student. We use this book here because Van Veen is the author (he is a professor here). The book is aweful. It's just plain bad. The material lacks clarity, the examples are either too easy, too hard, or do not provide any instruction at all. The math often has missing steps leaving the reader clueless as to how one arrives at the final result. The matlab code is worthless -- it doesn't teach anything nor explain anything. I recommend Oppenheim or Schaum's guide. I beg you not to waste your time or money on this ...text.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book to review the theory of signal processing, which I had studied 4 years ago. What caught my attention was that the author threats the 4 different Fourier representations at the same time, instead of separated, what seemed to be a great approach. But in the course of the reading I found that the lack of organization throwed away what could be a great idea. Sometimes I was so lost in the theory development that I prefer to give up and try another book. In the end I found myself studying (again) the Oppenheim's Signals & Systems, that treats the Fourier representations separately, but in a much more organized manner. So, as an advice, try another one.
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Format: Hardcover
I had professor Van Veen for my signals and systems professor in college. While he wasn't a bad professor, his textbook is terrible. Copying what was said in other reviews, the examples are very hard to follow, often skipping steps. The text is wordy and it seems like the author goes out of his way not to make a conclusion that would help clear up of his confusion. I'd like to add that this is the only other review I've ever written for a book and I only did it after several of my coworkers who had the same book expressed the same concerns.
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By A Customer on May 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
... Admittedly, the book does cover all the concepts, but fails to present the information in the clear, concise manner you want when studying signal processing. Below is one of my favourite quotes, which pretty much surmises the whole book. It's regarding the time-shift property of the z-transform:
"Multiplication by z exp n0 introduces a pole of order no at z = 0 if n0 > 0. In this case the ROC cannot include z = 0, even if Rx does include 0, unless X(z) has a zero of at least order n0 at z = 0 that cancels out all the new poles. If n0 < 0, then multiplication by z exp -no introduces n0 poles at infinity. If these poles are not cancelled by zeros at infinity in X(z), then the ROC of z exp -n0 X(z) cannot include abs(z) = infinity."
I agree with the other reviews too which stated that the examples jump steps and do little to explain the concepts. I even found an error with one (Haykin, it's your example on page 471). In my opinion, if you don't have much time, and want a book that doesn't require a lot of re-reading, keep looking.
Gets 2 stars for covering all the material.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm glad I didn't buy this book. I borrowed it.

I found it very hard to understand. The examples are either too easy, or too difficult -- there isn't a sweet middle-ground. The "drill problems" are pretty much the same story.

I failed to gather the intuition behind the subject matter. Math can be great, but not what's presented in this book. I've ordered Oppenheim's book based on recommendations from friends. Once I read that, I'll write a review about that book.

EE can be beautiful. I couldn't find that beauty through this book -- and that's a shame.
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By Rudy on September 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is little to no help to someone unfamiliar to the subject. Main ideas are no pointed out very well and are very disorganized. The examples are scarce and when they are present, they're hardly explained clearly. Sometimes the math is left out completely and all you're given is a problem and a solution. The "interactive solutions" feature is misleading. I've found nothing interactive and there are little to no solutions. This book is just bad.
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Format: Hardcover
I had to use this book for my signals and systems class. It would compare it to trying to learn another language using only a translation dictionary. While you will be presented all the information, unless you know sentence structure, tenses, and accents you still don't know enough to complete understand.

The book does cover all necessary topics to have a remarkable understanding of signals and systems topics it''s compiled as if it was to be read by a robot. I found myself rereading a lot, googling lots of math, and struggling to pass tests. The book needs more exxplanations and key concepts in bold.

If you have to buy this book for class I recommend you skip to the end of each chapter read the summary and watch YouTube vids on the material from each chapter, you'll save time and headache.
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Format: Hardcover
I found this book useful for a Signals and Systems class I took that required this book. I didn't find it hard to follow or anything, though I'm math-oriented by nature and used it with Schaum's outline (by Hsu) as well.

If anyone's wondering whether this book is the same as the "2005 Interactive Solutions Edition", the answer, as far as I can tell, is yes. I compared mine with a 2005 version and the only difference I noticed is that the 2005 edition has indications where an "Interactive Solution" is available.
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