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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.

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.

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.

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 Elements of Thinking in Systems - Use Systems Archetypes to Understand, Manage, and Fix Complex Problems and Make Smarter... The Elements of Thinking in Systems - Use Systems Archetypes to Understand, Manage, and Fix Complex Problems and Make Smarter Decisions (Paperback)
Albert Rutherford
R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
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

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.

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.

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.

The Cybernetics Moment - Or Why We Call Our Age the Information Age (Hardcover): Ronald R. Kline The Cybernetics Moment - Or Why We Call Our Age the Information Age (Hardcover)
Ronald R. Kline
R922 R781 Discovery Miles 7 810 Save R141 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice Cybernetics-the science of communication and control as it applies to machines and to humans-originates from efforts during World War II to build automatic antiaircraft systems. Following the war, this science extended beyond military needs to examine all systems that rely on information and feedback, from the level of the cell to that of society. In The Cybernetics Moment, Ronald R. Kline, a senior historian of technology, examines the intellectual and cultural history of cybernetics and information theory, whose language of "information," "feedback," and "control" transformed the idiom of the sciences, hastened the development of information technologies, and laid the conceptual foundation for what we now call the Information Age. Kline argues that, for about twenty years after 1950, the growth of cybernetics and information theory and ever-more-powerful computers produced a utopian information narrative-an enthusiasm for information science that influenced natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, humanists, policymakers, public intellectuals, and journalists, all of whom struggled to come to grips with new relationships between humans and intelligent machines. Kline traces the relationship between the invention of computers and communication systems and the rise, decline, and transformation of cybernetics by analyzing the lives and work of such notables as Norbert Wiener, Claude Shannon, Warren McCulloch, Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson, and Herbert Simon. Ultimately, he reveals the crucial role played by the cybernetics moment-when cybernetics and information theory were seen as universal sciences-in setting the stage for our current preoccupation with information technologies.

Possible Minds - Twenty-Five Ways Of Looking At AI (Hardcover): John Brockman Possible Minds - Twenty-Five Ways Of Looking At AI (Hardcover)
John Brockman
R594 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R220 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Science world luminary John Brockman assembles twenty-five of the most important scientific minds, people who have been thinking about the field artificial intelligence for most of their careers, for an unparalleled round-table examination about mind, thinking, intelligence and what it means to be human.

More than sixty years ago, mathematician-philosopher Norbert Wiener published a book on the place of machines in society that ended with a warning: "we shall never receive the right answers to our questions unless we ask the right questions.... The hour is very late, and the choice of good and evil knocks at our door."

In the wake of advances in unsupervised, self-improving machine learning, a small but influential community of thinkers is considering Wiener's words again. In Possible Minds, John Brockman gathers their disparate visions of where AI might be taking us.

The fruit of the long history of Brockman's profound engagement with the most important scientific minds who have been thinking about AI--from Alison Gopnik and David Deutsch to Frank Wilczek and Stephen Wolfram--Possible Minds is an ideal introduction to the landscape of crucial issues AI presents. The collision between opposing perspectives is salutary and exhilarating; some of these figures, such as computer scientist Stuart Russell, Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, and physicist Max Tegmark, are deeply concerned with the threat of AI, including the existential one, while others, notably robotics entrepreneur Rodney Brooks, philosopher Daniel Dennett, and bestselling author Steven Pinker, have a very different view. Serious, searching and authoritative, Possible Minds lays out the intellectual landscape of one of the most important topics of our time.

Deep Simplicity - Chaos, Complexity and the Emergence of Life (Paperback, Re-Issue Ed): John Gribbin Deep Simplicity - Chaos, Complexity and the Emergence of Life (Paperback, Re-Issue Ed)
John Gribbin 3
R231 R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Save R74 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Simplifying chaos and complexity theory for the perplexed, John Gribbin's Deep Simplicity: Chaos, Complexity and the Emergence of Life brilliantly illuminates the harmony underlying our existence. The world around us can be a complex, confusing place. Earthquakes happen without warning, stock markets fluctuate, weather forecasters seldom seem to get it right - even other people continue to baffle us. How do we make sense of it all? In fact, John Gribbin reveals, our seemingly random universe is actually built on simple laws of cause and effect that can explain why, for example, just one vehicle braking can cause a traffic jam; why wild storms result from a slight atmospheric change; even how we evolved from the most basic materials. Like a zen painting, a fractal image or the pattern on a butterfly's wings, simple elements form the bedrock of a sophisticated whole. 'The master of popular science writing' Sunday Times 'What makes Deep Simplicity different from other books on complexity theory is that Gribbin ... goes back to the fundamentals' Daily Telegraph 'One is left feeling even more - if this is possible - filled with admiration for science and delight at the world it investigates' Financial Times John Gribbin is one of today's greatest writers of popular science and the author of bestselling books, including In Search of Schroedinger's Cat, Stardust, Science: A History and In Search of the Multiverse. Gribbin trained as an astrophysicist at Cambridge University and is currently Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex.

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.

Reviews of Nonlinear Dynamics and Complexity (Hardcover, Volume 3): Heinz-Georg Schuster Reviews of Nonlinear Dynamics and Complexity (Hardcover, Volume 3)
Heinz-Georg Schuster
R3,489 R2,758 Discovery Miles 27 580 Save R731 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Adopting a cross-disciplinary approach, the review character of this monograph sets it apart from specialized journals. The editor is advised by a first-class board of international scientists, such that the carefully selected and invited contributions represent the latest and most relevant findings. The resulting review uses a common language and enables both researchers and newcomers in both natural and social science as well as engineering to access the most important results.

The Cybernetics Moment - Or Why We Call Our Age the Information Age (Paperback): Ronald R. Kline The Cybernetics Moment - Or Why We Call Our Age the Information Age (Paperback)
Ronald R. Kline
R434 R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Save R51 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice Cybernetics-the science of communication and control as it applies to machines and to humans-originates from efforts during World War II to build automatic antiaircraft systems. Following the war, this science extended beyond military needs to examine all systems that rely on information and feedback, from the level of the cell to that of society. In The Cybernetics Moment, Ronald R. Kline, a senior historian of technology, examines the intellectual and cultural history of cybernetics and information theory, whose language of "information," "feedback," and "control" transformed the idiom of the sciences, hastened the development of information technologies, and laid the conceptual foundation for what we now call the Information Age. Kline argues that, for about twenty years after 1950, the growth of cybernetics and information theory and ever-more-powerful computers produced a utopian information narrative-an enthusiasm for information science that influenced natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, humanists, policymakers, public intellectuals, and journalists, all of whom struggled to come to grips with new relationships between humans and intelligent machines. Kline traces the relationship between the invention of computers and communication systems and the rise, decline, and transformation of cybernetics by analyzing the lives and work of such notables as Norbert Wiener, Claude Shannon, Warren McCulloch, Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson, and Herbert Simon. Ultimately, he reveals the crucial role played by the cybernetics moment-when cybernetics and information theory were seen as universal sciences-in setting the stage for our current preoccupation with information technologies.

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.

On Trails - An Exploration (Paperback): Robert Moor On Trails - An Exploration (Paperback)
Robert Moor
R336 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R105 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Dynamic Systems - Modeling, Simulation, and Control (Hardcover): Craig A. Kluever Dynamic Systems - Modeling, Simulation, and Control (Hardcover)
Craig A. Kluever
R4,359 R566 Discovery Miles 5 660 Save R3,793 (87%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Craig Kluever s Dynamic Systems: Modeling, Simulation, and Control highlights essential topics such as analysis, design, and control of physical engineering systems, often composed of interacting mechanical, electrical and fluid subsystem components. The major topics covered in this text include mathematical modeling, system-response analysis, and an introduction to feedback control systems. Dynamic Systems integrates an early introduction to numerical simulation using MATLAB(R) s Simulink for integrated systems. Simulink(R) and MATLAB(R) tutorials for both software programs will also be provided. The author s text also has a strong emphasis on real-world case studies.

Feedback Control - Linear, Nonlinear and Robust Techniques and Design with Industrial Applications (Paperback, 1st ed. 2015):... Feedback Control - Linear, Nonlinear and Robust Techniques and Design with Industrial Applications (Paperback, 1st ed. 2015)
Stephen J Dodds
R2,186 R1,782 Discovery Miles 17 820 Save R404 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book develops the understanding and skills needed to be able to tackle original control problems. The general approach to a given control problem is to try the simplest tentative solution first and, when this is insufficient, to explain why and use a more sophisticated alternative to remedy the deficiency and achieve satisfactory performance. This pattern of working gives readers a full understanding of different controllers and teaches them to make an informed choice between traditional controllers and more advanced modern alternatives in meeting the needs of a particular plant. Attention is focused on the time domain, covering model-based linear and nonlinear forms of control together with robust control based on sliding modes and the use of state observers such as disturbance estimation. Feedback Control is self-contained, paying much attention to explanations of underlying concepts, with detailed mathematical derivations being employed where necessary. Ample use is made of diagrams to aid these conceptual explanations and the subject matter is enlivened by continual use of examples and problems derived from real control applications. Readers' learning is further enhanced by experimenting with the fully-commented MATLAB (R)/Simulink (R) simulation environment made accessible at insert URL here to produce simulations relevant to all of the topics covered in the text. A solutions manual for use by instructors adopting the book can also be downloaded from insert URL here. Feedback Control is suitable as a main textbook for graduate and final-year undergraduate courses containing control modules; knowledge of ordinary linear differential equations, Laplace transforms, transfer functions, poles and zeros, root locus and elementary frequency response analysis, and elementary feedback control is required. It is also a useful reference source on control design methods for engineers practicing in industry and for academic control researchers.

Decentralized Control of Complex Systems (Paperback, Dover): Dragoslav D. Siljak Decentralized Control of Complex Systems (Paperback, Dover)
Dragoslav D. Siljak
R520 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R65 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Starting with a graph-theoretic framework for structural modeling of complex systems, this text presents results related to robust stabilization via decentralized state feedback. Subsequent chapters explore optimization, output feedback, the manipulative power of graphs, overlapping decompositions and the underlying inclusion principle, and reliability design. An appendix provides efficient graph algorithms. 1991 edition.

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