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Best text book I have read,
This review is from: Digital Signal Processing: A Practical Guide for Engineers and Scientists (IDC Technology) (Paperback)
I have never read such a clear, entertaining and yet informative technical text book before this one. It is not for the general reader, but knowledge of DSP need only be rudimentary to start learning fascinating and useful knowledge from this book. The balance of the book is just right; you can follow mathematical ideas up further, or just understand the concepts and use them 'cookbook' style, which Smith encourages the reader to do, if that's all that's needed for what they want.
There are programming examples of all the major concepts covered; DFT/FFT, filters, compression etc. The book itself inspired me to implement an FIR filter design program, incorporating an FFT function, which has now been used at my workplace by other engineers. A great return on my investment. It is hard to imagine a more accessible book on a subject like this, and the style of writing is something I will try and emulate in my own modest technical documentation. Even if you never think you'll use DSP directly, read this book for an understanding of a subject that may yet prove useful to you.