Introduction to Data Compression
Could benefit by including example code
|von Khalid Sayood|
This textbook is fairly comprehensive on the various compression algorithms, and the theory behind them. However, a CD with included sample code and the "example" pictures mentioned in the text would have helped tremendously in conveying the material. As it is, the text tries to explain the algorithms using math with no sample code whatsoever.
Appropriate examples in this book help understanding of this field, even if readers don't have enogh grounding in mathematics. It should be also mentioned that this second edition covers new technologies such as wavelet-based compression. This is one of the best textbook to study still-image compression, while may be somewhat insufficient to study video compression.
Not Just An Introduction
This book is very comprehensive, so it isn't just an introduction. Some mathematical maturity is required to understand parts of it. Nevertheless, it is an excellent reference for professionals in this field.
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