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9780130200716

Probability and Random Processes with Applications to Signal Processing (3rd Edition)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780130200716
  • ISBN: 0130200719
  • Edition: 3
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  • Publisher: Prentice Hall

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Preface The first edition of this book (1986) grew out of a set of notes used by the authors to teach two one-semester courses on probability and random processes at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). At that time the probability course at RPI was required of all students in the Computer and Systems Engineering Program and was a highly recommended elective for students in closely related areas. While many undergraduate students took the course in the junior year, many seniors and first-year graduate students took the course for credit as well. Then, as now, most of the students were engineering students. To serve these students well, we felt that we should be rigorous in introducing fundamental principles while furnishing many opportunities for students to develop their skills at solving problems. There are many books in this area and they range widely in their coverage and depth. At one extreme are the very rigorous and authoritative books that view probability from the point of view of measure theory and relate probability to rather exotic theorems such as the Radon-Nikodym theorem (see for exampleProbability and Measureby Patrick Billingsley, Wiley, 1978). At the other extreme are books that usually combine probability and statistics and largely omit underlying theory and the more advanced types of applications of probability. In the middle are the large number of books that combine probability and random processes, largely avoiding a measure theoretic approach, preferring to emphasize the axioms upon which the theory is based. It would be fair to say that our book falls into this latter category. Nevertheless this begs the question: why write or revise another book in this area if there are already several good texts out there that use the same approach and provide roughly the same coverage? Of course back in 1986 there were few books that emphasized the engineering applications of probability and random processes and that integrated the latter into one volume. Now there are several such books. Both authors have been associated (both as students and faculty) with colleges and universities that have demanding programs in engineering and applied science. Thus their experience and exposure have been to superior students that would not be content with a text that furnished a shallow discussion of probability. At the same time, however, the authors wanted to write a book on probability and random processes for engineering and, applied science students. A measure-theoretic book, or one that avoided the engineering applications of probability and the processing of random signals, was regarded not suitable for such students. At the same time the authors felt that the book should have enough depth so that students taking 2 nd year graduate courses in advanced topics such as estimation and detection, pattern recognition, voice and image processing, networking and queuing, and so forth would not be handicapped by insufficient knowledge of the fundamentals and applications of random phenomena. In a nutshell we tried to write a book that combined rigor with accessibility and had a strong self-teaching orientation. To that end we included a. large number of worked-out examples, MATLAB codes, and special appendices that include a review of the kind of basic math needed for solving problems in probability as well as an introduction to measure theory and its relation to probability. The MATLAB codes, as well as other useful material such as multiple choice exams that cover each of the book's sections, can be found at the book's web site http://www.prenhall.com/stark . The normal use of this book would be as follows: for a first course in probability at, say the junior or senior year, a reasonable goal is to cover Chapters 1 through 4. Nevertheless we have found that this may be too muHenry Stark is the author of 'Probability and Random Processes with Applications to Signal Processing (3rd Edition)', published 2001 under ISBN 9780130200716 and ISBN 0130200719.

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