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Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Communication studies > Information theory > General

A Mind at Play - The Brilliant Life of Claude Shannon, Inventor of the Information Age (Paperback): Jimmy Soni, Rob Goodman A Mind at Play - The Brilliant Life of Claude Shannon, Inventor of the Information Age (Paperback)
Jimmy Soni, Rob Goodman
R402 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R67 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Named a best book of the year by Bloomberg and Nature. 'Soni and Goodman have done their research...A Mind at Play reveals the remarkable human behind some of the most important theoretical and practical contributions to the information age.' (Nature) 'A charming account of one of the twentieth century's most distinguished scientists...Readers will enjoy this portrait of a modern-day Da Vinci.' (Fortune) This is the extraordinary story of the little-known man who influenced every computer built, email sent, video streamed, and webpage loaded. He wrote the seminal text of the digital revolution, which has been called `the Magna Carta of the Information Age.' His discoveries would lead contemporaries to compare him to Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. His work anticipated by decades the world we live in today and gave mathematicians and engineers the tools to create the digital technology we rely on. His career stretched from the era of room-sized computers powered by gears and string to the age of Apple. His life shows us the beginnings of modern technology: in the `idea factory' of Bell Labs, in the `scientists' war' with Nazi Germany, and in the work of Shannon's collaborators and rivals, including Alan Turing. With access to Shannon's family and friends, A Mind at Playbrings this singular innovator and creative genius to life.

How to Prove It - A Structured Approach (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Daniel J. Velleman How to Prove It - A Structured Approach (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Daniel J. Velleman
R791 R683 Discovery Miles 6 830 Save R108 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Proofs play a central role in advanced mathematics and theoretical computer science, yet many students struggle the first time they take a course in which proofs play a significant role. This bestselling text's third edition helps students transition from solving problems to proving theorems by teaching them the techniques needed to read and write proofs. Featuring over 150 new exercises and a new chapter on number theory, this new edition introduces students to the world of advanced mathematics through the mastery of proofs. The book begins with the basic concepts of logic and set theory to familiarize students with the language of mathematics and how it is interpreted. These concepts are used as the basis for an analysis of techniques that can be used to build up complex proofs step by step, using detailed "scratch work" sections to expose the machinery of proofs about numbers, sets, relations, and functions. Assuming no background beyond standard high school mathematics, this book will be useful to anyone interested in logic and proofs: computer scientists, philosophers, linguists, and, of course, mathematicians.

How to Prove It - A Structured Approach (Hardcover, 3rd Revised edition): Daniel J. Velleman How to Prove It - A Structured Approach (Hardcover, 3rd Revised edition)
Daniel J. Velleman
R1,711 Discovery Miles 17 110 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Proofs play a central role in advanced mathematics and theoretical computer science, yet many students struggle the first time they take a course in which proofs play a significant role. This bestselling text's third edition helps students transition from solving problems to proving theorems by teaching them the techniques needed to read and write proofs. Featuring over 150 new exercises and a new chapter on number theory, this new edition introduces students to the world of advanced mathematics through the mastery of proofs. The book begins with the basic concepts of logic and set theory to familiarize students with the language of mathematics and how it is interpreted. These concepts are used as the basis for an analysis of techniques that can be used to build up complex proofs step by step, using detailed "scratch work" sections to expose the machinery of proofs about numbers, sets, relations, and functions. Assuming no background beyond standard high school mathematics, this book will be useful to anyone interested in logic and proofs: computer scientists, philosophers, linguists, and, of course, mathematicians.

Game Theory for Next Generation Wireless and Communication Networks - Modeling, Analysis, and Design (Hardcover): Zhu Han,... Game Theory for Next Generation Wireless and Communication Networks - Modeling, Analysis, and Design (Hardcover)
Zhu Han, Dusit Niyato, Walid Saad, Tamer Basar
R1,707 R1,603 Discovery Miles 16 030 Save R104 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Discover the very latest game-theoretic approaches for designing, modeling, and optimizing emerging wireless communication networks and systems with this unique text. Providing a unified and comprehensive treatment throughout, it explains basic concepts and theories for designing novel distributed wireless networking mechanisms, describes emerging game-theoretic tools from an engineering perspective, and provides an extensive overview of recent applications. A wealth of new tools is covered - including matching theory and games with bounded rationality - and tutorial chapters show how to use these tools to solve current and future wireless networking problems in areas such as 5G networks, network virtualization, software defined networks, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, context-aware networks, green communications, and security. This is an ideal resource for telecommunications engineers, and researchers in industry and academia who are working on the design of efficient, scalable, and robust communication protocols for future wireless networks, as well as graduate students in these fields.

The Medium is the Massage - An Inventory of Effects (Paperback, New edition): Marshall McLuhan, Quentin Fiore, Jerome Agel The Medium is the Massage - An Inventory of Effects (Paperback, New edition)
Marshall McLuhan, Quentin Fiore, Jerome Agel
R264 R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Save R50 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

30 years after its publication Marshall McLuhan's The Medium is the Massage remains his most entertaining, provocative, and piquant book. With every technological and social "advance" McLuhan's proclamation that "the media work us over completely" becomes more evident and plain. In his words, Uso pervasive are they in their personal, political, economic, aesthetic, psychological, moral, ethical and social consequences that they leave no part of us untouched, unaffected, or unaltered'. McLuhan's remarkable observation that "societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication" is undoubtedly more relevant today than ever before. With the rise of the internet and the explosion of the digital revolution there has never been a better time to revisit Marshall McLuhan.

The Black Swan - The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Paperback): Nassim Nicholas Taleb The Black Swan - The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Paperback)
Nassim Nicholas Taleb 5
R215 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R46 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

The phenomenal international bestseller that shows us how to stop trying to predict everything - and take advantage of uncertainty What have the invention of the wheel, Pompeii, the Wall Street Crash, Harry Potter and the internet got in common? Why are all forecasters con-artists? Why should you never run for a train or read a newspaper? This book is all about Black Swans: the random events that underlie our lives, from bestsellers to world disasters. Their impact is huge; they're impossible to predict; yet after they happen we always try to rationalize them. 'Taleb is a bouncy and even exhilarating guide ... I came to relish what he said, and even develop a sneaking affection for him as a person' Will Self, Independent on Sunday 'He leaps like some superhero of the mind' Boyd Tonkin, Independent 'Funny, quirky and thought-provoking ... confirms his status as a guru for every would-be Damien Hirst, George Soros and aspirant despot' John Cornwell, Sunday Times 'Idiosyncratically brilliant' Niall Ferguson, Sunday Telegraph 'Great fun ... brash, stubborn, entertaining, opinionated, curious, cajoling' Stephen J. Dubner, Co-Author of Freakonomics

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism - The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power (Hardcover): Shoshana Zuboff The Age of Surveillance Capitalism - The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power (Hardcover)
Shoshana Zuboff 1
R749 R584 Discovery Miles 5 840 Save R165 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior. In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the phenomenon that she has named surveillance capitalism. The stakes could not be higher: a global architecture of behavior modification threatens human nature in the twenty-first century just as industrial capitalism disfigured the natural world in the twentieth. Zuboff vividly brings to life the consequences as surveillance capitalism advances from Silicon Valley into every economic sector. Vast wealth and power are accumulated in ominous new "behavioral futures markets," where predictions about our behavior are bought and sold, and the production of goods and services is subordinated to a new "means of behavioral modification." The threat has shifted from a totalitarian Big Brother state to a ubiquitous digital architecture: a "Big Other" operating in the interests of surveillance capital. Here is the crucible of an unprecedented form of power marked by extreme concentrations of knowledge and free from democratic oversight. Zuboff's comprehensive and moving analysis lays bare the threats to twenty-first century society: a controlled "hive" of total connection that seduces with promises of total certainty for maximum profit--at the expense of democracy, freedom, and our human future. With little resistance from law or society, surveillance capitalism is on the verge of dominating the social order and shaping the digital future--if we let it.

Leading at the Speed of Light - New Strategies for U.S. Security in the Information Age (Paperback): Daniel M Gerstein Leading at the Speed of Light - New Strategies for U.S. Security in the Information Age (Paperback)
Daniel M Gerstein
R377 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R75 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

As the world moves into the Information Age, globalization continues to alter the customary relationships among peoples, societies, and nations that evolved during the Industrial Age. Author Daniel Gerstein, however, maintains the United States still follows an Industrial Age framework for national security. Despite such recent changes as creating the Department of Homeland Security and the post of a director for national intelligence, the current U.S. national security strategy remains based on the National Security Act of 1947. To advance the U.S. response to the particular demands of the Information Age, Gerstein proposes nothing short of overhauling our nation's security strategy and, more important, complementary changes to the U.S. approach to strategic leadership. Beginning with the foundations of leadership, Gerstein addresses four key abilities that the twenty-first-century leader must master for the Information Age: (1) to develop and communicate a vision, (2) to incorporate new tools for analysis and for enhancing the leader's judgment or reasoning skills, (3) to gain greater perspective in developing national strategies, and (4) to promote the three I's-imagination, innovation, and initiative. While theories and accepted methods of leadership remain relevant, they must be augmented with new and improved concepts. The fundamental premise of "Leading at the Speed of Light" is that leadership skills will require changes and enhancements to ensure that leaders are capable of performing in a data- and information-rich environment that is often uncertain and challenging.

Leading at the Speed of Light - New Strategies for U.S. Security in the Information Age (Hardcover): Daniel M Gerstein Leading at the Speed of Light - New Strategies for U.S. Security in the Information Age (Hardcover)
Daniel M Gerstein
R744 R570 Discovery Miles 5 700 Save R174 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

As the world moves into the Information Age, globalization continues to alter the customary relationships among peoples, societies, and nations that evolved during the Industrial Age. Author Daniel Gerstein, however, maintains the United States still follows an Industrial Age framework for national security. Despite such recent changes as creating the Department of Homeland Security and the post of a director for national intelligence, the current U.S. national security strategy remains based on the National Security Act of 1947. To advance the U.S. response to the particular demands of the Information Age, Gerstein proposes nothing short of overhauling our nation's security strategy and, more important, complementary changes to the U.S. approach to strategic leadership. Beginning with the foundations of leadership, Gerstein addresses four key abilities that the twenty-first-century leader must master for the Information Age: (1) to develop and communicate a vision, (2) to incorporate new tools for analysis and for enhancing the leader's judgment or reasoning skills, (3) to gain greater perspective in developing national strategies, and (4) to promote the three I's-imagination, innovation, and initiative. While theories and accepted methods of leadership remain relevant, they must be augmented with new and improved concepts. The fundamental premise of "Leading at the Speed of Light" is that leadership skills will require changes and enhancements to ensure that leaders are capable of performing in a data- and information-rich environment that is often uncertain and challenging.

LDPC Code Designs, Constructions, and Unification (Hardcover): Juane Li, Shu Lin, Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, William E. Ryan, Daniel... LDPC Code Designs, Constructions, and Unification (Hardcover)
Juane Li, Shu Lin, Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, William E. Ryan, Daniel J. Costello
R1,459 R1,373 Discovery Miles 13 730 Save R86 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Written by leading experts, this self-contained text provides systematic coverage of LDPC codes and their construction techniques, unifying both algebraic- and graph-based approaches into a single theoretical framework (the superposition construction). An algebraic method for constructing protograph LDPC codes is described, and entirely new codes and techniques are presented. These include a new class of LDPC codes with doubly quasi-cyclic structure, as well as algebraic methods for constructing spatially and globally coupled LDPC codes. Authoritative, yet written using accessible language, this text is essential reading for electrical engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians working in communications and information theory.

Interference Management in Wireless Networks - Fundamental Bounds and the Role of Cooperation (Hardcover): Venugopal V.... Interference Management in Wireless Networks - Fundamental Bounds and the Role of Cooperation (Hardcover)
Venugopal V. Veeravalli, Aly El Gamal
R1,675 R1,572 Discovery Miles 15 720 Save R103 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Learn about an information-theoretic approach to managing interference in future generation wireless networks. Focusing on cooperative schemes motivated by Coordinated Multi-Point (CoMP) technology, the book develops a robust theoretical framework for interference management that uses recent advancements in backhaul design, and practical pre-coding schemes based on local cooperation, to deliver the increased speed and reliability promised by interference alignment. Gain insight into how simple, zero-forcing pre-coding schemes are optimal in locally connected interference networks, and discover how significant rate gains can be obtained by making cell association decisions and allocating backhaul resources based on centralized (cloud) processing and knowledge of network topology. Providing a link between information-theoretic analyses and interference management schemes that are easy to implement, this is an invaluable resource for researchers, graduate students and practicing engineers in wireless communications.

Basic Math for Excel Users Coursenotes (Other digital): Technology Course, Course Technology Basic Math for Excel Users Coursenotes (Other digital)
Technology Course, Course Technology
R312 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R35 (11%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

A six-panel quick reference guide for popular technology skills.

Foundations of MIMO Communication (Hardcover): Robert W. Heath Jr, Angel Lozano Foundations of MIMO Communication (Hardcover)
Robert W. Heath Jr, Angel Lozano
R1,749 R1,645 Discovery Miles 16 450 Save R104 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Understand the fundamentals of wireless and MIMO communication with this accessible and comprehensive text. Viewing the subject through an information theory lens, but also drawing on other perspectives, it provides a sound treatment of the key concepts underpinning contemporary wireless communication and MIMO, all the way to massive MIMO. Authoritative and insightful, it includes over 330 worked examples and 450 homework problems, with solutions and MATLAB code and data available online. Altogether, this is an excellent resource for instructors and graduate students, as well as an outstanding reference for researchers and practicing engineers.

Optimal Estimation of Parameters (Hardcover, New): Jorma Rissanen Optimal Estimation of Parameters (Hardcover, New)
Jorma Rissanen
R2,172 R2,000 Discovery Miles 20 000 Save R172 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book presents a comprehensive and consistent theory of estimation. The framework described leads naturally to a generalized maximum capacity estimator. This approach allows the optimal estimation of real-valued parameters, their number and intervals, as well as providing common ground for explaining the power of these estimators. Beginning with a review of coding and the key properties of information, the author goes on to discuss the techniques of estimation and develops the generalized maximum capacity estimator, based on a new form of Shannon's mutual information and channel capacity. Applications of this powerful technique in hypothesis testing and denoising are described in detail. Offering an original and thought-provoking perspective on estimation theory, Jorma Rissanen's book is of interest to graduate students and researchers in the fields of information theory, probability and statistics, econometrics and finance.

Probabilistic Search for Tracking Targets - Theory and Modern Applications (Hardcover, New): Irad Ben-Gal, Eugene Kagan Probabilistic Search for Tracking Targets - Theory and Modern Applications (Hardcover, New)
Irad Ben-Gal, Eugene Kagan
R1,727 R1,227 Discovery Miles 12 270 Save R500 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Presents a probabilistic and information-theoretic framework for a search for static or moving targets in discrete time and space.

"Probabilistic Search for Tracking Targets" uses an information-theoretic scheme to present a unified approach for known search methods to allow the development of new algorithms of search. The book addresses search methods under different constraints and assumptions, such as search uncertainty under incomplete information, probabilistic search scheme, observation errors, group testing, search games, distribution of search efforts, single and multiple targets and search agents, as well as online or offline search schemes. The proposed approach is associated with path planning techniques, optimal search algorithms, Markov decision models, decision trees, stochastic local search, artificial intelligence and heuristic information-seeking methods. Furthermore, this book presents novel methods of search for static and moving targets along with practical algorithms of partitioning and search and screening.

"Probabilistic Search for Tracking Targets" includes complete material for undergraduate and graduate courses in modern applications of probabilistic search, decision-making and group testing, and provides several directions for further research in the search theory.

"The authors: "Provide a generalized information-theoretic approach to the problem of real-time search for both static and moving targets over a discrete space.Present a theoretical framework, which covers known information-theoretic algorithms of search, and forms a basis for development and analysis of different algorithms of search over probabilistic space.Use numerous examples of group testing, search and path planning algorithms to illustrate direct implementation in the form of running routines.Consider a relation of the suggested approach with known search theories and methods such as search and screening theory, search games, Markov decision process models of search, data mining methods, coding theory and decision trees.Discuss relevant search applications, such as quality-control search for nonconforming units in a batch or a military search for a hidden target. Provide an accompanying website featuring the algorithms discussed throughout the book, along with practical implementations procedures.

Distributed Source Coding - Theory and Practice (Hardcover): Shuang Wang, Yong Fang, Samuel Cheng Distributed Source Coding - Theory and Practice (Hardcover)
Shuang Wang, Yong Fang, Samuel Cheng
R1,812 R1,285 Discovery Miles 12 850 Save R527 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Distributed source coding is one of the key enablers for efficient cooperative communication. The potential applications range from wireless sensor networks, ad-hoc networks, and surveillance networks, to robust low-complexity video coding, stereo/Multiview video coding, HDTV, hyper-spectral and multispectral imaging, and biometrics. The book is divided into three sections: theory, algorithms, and applications. Part one covers the background of information theory with an emphasis on DSC; part two discusses designs of algorithmic solutions for DSC problems, covering the three most important DSC problems: Slepian-Wolf, Wyner-Ziv, and MT source coding; and part three is dedicated to a variety of potential DSC applications. Key features: * Clear explanation of distributed source coding theory and algorithms including both lossless and lossy designs. * Rich applications of distributed source coding, which covers multimedia communication and data security applications. * Self-contained content for beginners from basic information theory to practical code implementation. The book provides fundamental knowledge for engineers and computer scientists to access the topic of distributed source coding. It is also suitable for senior undergraduate and first year graduate students in electrical engineering; computer engineering; signal processing; image/video processing; and information theory and communications.

Information Services Design - A Design Science Approach for Sustainable Knowledge (Hardcover): Fons Wijnhoven Information Services Design - A Design Science Approach for Sustainable Knowledge (Hardcover)
Fons Wijnhoven
R2,540 Discovery Miles 25 400 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Information services are economic and organizational activities for informing people. Because informing is changing rapidly under the influence of internet-technologies, this book presents in Chapter 1 fundamental notions of information and knowledge, based on philosopher C.W. Churchman's inquiring systems. This results in the identification of three product-oriented design theory aspects: content, use value and revenue. Chapter 2 describes how one can cope with these aspects by presenting process-oriented design theory. Both design theory insights are applied in chapters on information services challenges, their business concepts and processes, their architectures and exploitation. The final chapter discusses three case studies that integrate the insights from previous chapters, and it discusses some ideas for future research. This book gives students a coherent start to the topic of information services from a design science perspective, with a balance between technical and managerial aspects. Therefore, this book is useful for modern curricula of management, communication science and information systems. Because of its design science approach, it also explains design science principles. The book also serves professionals and academics in search of a foundational understanding of informing as a science and management practice.

The Logic of Information - A Theory of Philosophy as Conceptual Design (Hardcover): Luciano Floridi The Logic of Information - A Theory of Philosophy as Conceptual Design (Hardcover)
Luciano Floridi
R658 Discovery Miles 6 580 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Luciano Floridi presents an innovative approach to philosophy, conceived as conceptual design. He explores how we make, transform, refine, and improve the objects of our knowledge. His starting point is that reality provides the data, to be understood as constraining affordances, and we transform them into information, like semantic engines. Such transformation or repurposing is not equivalent to portraying, or picturing, or photographing, or photocopying anything. It is more like cooking: the dish does not represent the ingredients, it uses them to make something else out of them, yet the reality of the dish and its properties hugely depend on the reality and the properties of the ingredients. Models are not representations understood as pictures, but interpretations understood as data elaborations, of systems. Thus, Luciano Floridi articulates and defends the thesis that knowledge is design and philosophy is the ultimate form of conceptual design. Although entirely independent of Floridi's previous books, The Philosophy of Information (OUP 2011) and The Ethics of Information (OUP 2013), The Logic of Information both complements the existing volumes and presents new work on the foundations of the philosophy of information.

The Future of National Infrastructure - A System-of-Systems Approach (Hardcover): Jim W. Hall, Martino Tran, Adrian J.... The Future of National Infrastructure - A System-of-Systems Approach (Hardcover)
Jim W. Hall, Martino Tran, Adrian J. Hickford, Robert J. Nicholls
R2,129 R1,963 Discovery Miles 19 630 Save R166 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Infrastructure forms the economic backbone of modern society. It is a key determinant of economic competitiveness, social well-being and environmental sustainability. Yet infrastructure systems (energy, transport, water, waste and ICT) in advanced economies globally face serious challenges. For the first time, a leading team of researchers sets out a systematic approach to making long-term choices about national infrastructure systems. Great Britain is used as a case study to demonstrate how the methodologies and accompanying models can be effectively applied in a national infrastructure assessment. Lessons and insights for other industrialised nations and emerging economies are highlighted, demonstrating practical scenarios for delivering infrastructure services in a wide range of future socio-economic and environmental conditions. The Future of National Infrastructure provides practitioners, policy-makers, and academics with the concepts, models and tools needed to identify and test robust, sustainable, and resilient strategies for the provision of national infrastructure.

The Economics of Communication and Information (Hardcover): Donald M. Lamberton The Economics of Communication and Information (Hardcover)
Donald M. Lamberton
R5,305 Discovery Miles 53 050 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

As economic activity has become more information-intensive and ideas about the information society have been canvassed widely, information technology has overshadowed thinking about the role of communication and information. In the advanced economies investment in information-handling equipment has grown rapidly in importance and almost throughout the world telecommunications facilities are advocated as the leading edge of development. This wide-ranging collection charts the responses of the economics discipline to these changes, initially slowly but with gathering pace, as communication and information have moved from the sidelines to centre stage. This book will be an indispensible reference source by all those in the economics community, those interested in information science, library studies and communication.

Mathematical Aspects of Signal Processing (Hardcover): Pradip Sircar Mathematical Aspects of Signal Processing (Hardcover)
Pradip Sircar
R1,234 R1,165 Discovery Miles 11 650 Save R69 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Written using clear and accessible language, this text provides detailed coverage of the core mathematical concepts underpinning signal processing. All the core areas of mathematics are covered, including generalized inverses, singular value decomposition, function representation, and optimization, with detailed explanations of how basic concepts in these areas underpin the methods used to perform signal processing tasks. A particular emphasis is placed on the practical applications of signal processing, with numerous in-text practice questions and real-world examples illustrating key concepts, and MATLAB programs with accompanying graphical representations providing all the necessary computational background. This is an ideal text for graduate students taking courses in signal processing and mathematical methods, or those who want to establish a firm foundation in these areas before progressing to more advanced study.

Fundamentals of Information Theory and Coding Design (Hardcover): Roberto Togneri, Christopher J. S. Desilva Fundamentals of Information Theory and Coding Design (Hardcover)
Roberto Togneri, Christopher J. S. Desilva
R2,035 Discovery Miles 20 350 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Books on information theory and coding have proliferated over the last few years, but few succeed in covering the fundamentals without losing students in mathematical abstraction. Even fewer build the essential theoretical framework when presenting algorithms and implementation details of modern coding systems.

Without abandoning the theoretical foundations, Fundamentals of Information Theory and Coding Design presents working algorithms and implementations that can be used to design and create real systems. The emphasis is on the underlying concepts governing information theory and the mathematical basis for modern coding systems, but the authors also provide the practical details of important codes like Reed-Solomon, BCH, and Turbo codes. Also setting this text apart are discussions on the cascading of information channels and the additivity of information, the details of arithmetic coding, and the connection between coding of extensions and Markov modelling.

Complete, balanced coverage, an outstanding format, and a wealth of examples and exercises make this an outstanding text for upper-level students in computer science, mathematics, and engineering and a valuable reference for telecommunications engineers and coding theory researchers.

i in the Sky - Visions of the Information Future (Hardcover): Alison Scammell i in the Sky - Visions of the Information Future (Hardcover)
Alison Scammell
R2,137 Discovery Miles 21 370 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"i In the Sky" is a collection of essays by more than 40 experts, including such leading writers as Charles Handy, Don Tapscott, and Kevin Warwick, giving their personal vision of the future of information. Information here is given its widest meaning and includes such subjects as the Internet, electronic commerce, cybernetics, robotics, artificial intelligence, and even computers as fashion accessories.

Information as phenomenon pervades all areas of life, and its evolution has consequences for everyone. Many of the essays have as their central themes the future of computer intelligence; library and information services; interactive Internet marketing; networked learning in higher education; the linking of technology enabling remote and online communication to the deconstruction of the modern corporation; artificial intelligence; scholarly communication; smart houses; intelligent appliances; etc.

Going Digital - Strategies for Access, Preservation, and Conversion of Collections to a Digital Format (Hardcover): Donald L.... Going Digital - Strategies for Access, Preservation, and Conversion of Collections to a Digital Format (Hardcover)
Donald L. DeWitt; Edited by Donald L. DeWitt
R866 Discovery Miles 8 660 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Going Digital: Strategies for Access, Preservation, and Conversion of Collections to a Digital Format offers you succinct and analytic views of the problems and benefits of digital resources in the traditional academic library. Library administrators, collection managers, and librarians will learn the advantages and disadvantages of traditional and digital collections and the costs of providing local access or implementing remote access to digital collections. Originally presented at a series of five symposiums sponsored by the Research Libraries Group, the articles inGoing Digital will help you decide upon a cost-effective collection method that will meet the needs of your library, your patrons, and your budget.The chapters in this text are written by the nation 's leading librarians who pose and answer questions about hardware and software needed for digital libraries, the costs involved, establishing and maintaining access to digital collections, copyright concerns, and long-term preservation problems. Going Digital gives you insight into factors that will help you decide what will best meet the goals of your library, such as: the advantages and disadvantages of preserving microfilm and digital conversion choosing the correct hardware and software for your digital preservation program the changes required from librarians when shifting from collection development to digital resources examining the selection process for collections from perspectives of access, public service, technological requirements, and preservation ways to improve access to traditional collections cost comparisons between digital and hard copy resources devising a technical plan for successful digital conversion of projects involving the user 's wants when selecting collections for digital conversion and recognizing the central parts patrons play in the selection processIn light of the changing ways we receive and keep our information, Going Digital discusses new collection preservation criteria and suggests that access and informational values, not just deterioration, should be equal factors in selecting materials to be converted to digital form. Proving that digital collections are changing every facet of library operations, Going Digital shows you the most cost-effective way to begin a digital collection and how to choose what materials to digitize in order to provide your patrons with the information they want and need.

Error Correcting Codes - A Mathematical Introduction (Paperback, Reprinted from): D. J. Baylis Error Correcting Codes - A Mathematical Introduction (Paperback, Reprinted from)
D. J. Baylis
R1,520 Discovery Miles 15 200 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Assuming little previous mathematical knowledge, Error Correcting Codes provides a sound introduction to key areas of the subject. Topics have been chosen for their importance and practical significance, which Baylis demonstrates in a rigorous but gentle mathematical style.
Coverage includes optimal codes; linear and non-linear codes; general techniques of decoding errors and erasures; error detection; syndrome decoding, and much more. Error Correcting Codes contains not only straight maths, but also exercises on more investigational problem solving. Chapters on number theory and polynomial algebra are included to support linear codes and cyclic codes, and an extensive reminder of relevant topics in linear algebra is given.
Exercises are placed within the main body of the text to encourage active participation by the reader, with comprehensive solutions provided.
Error Correcting Codes will appeal to undergraduate students in pure and applied mathematical fields, software engineering, communications engineering, computer science and information technology, and to organizations with substantial research and development in those areas.

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