The Illustrated Wavelet Transform Handbook: Introductory Theory and Applications in Science, Engineering, Medicine and Finance

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The Illustrated Wavelet Transform Handbook: Introductory Theory and Applications in Science, Engineering, Medicine and Finance provides an overview of the theory and practical applications of wavelet transform methods. The author uses several hundred illustrations, some in color, to convey mathematical concepts and the results of applications.

The first chapter presents a brief overview of the wavelet transform, including a short history. The remainder of the book is split into two parts: the first part discusses the mathematics of both discrete and continuous wavelet transforms while the second part deals with applications in a variety of subject areas, such as geophysics, medicine, fluid turbulence, engineering testing, speech and sound analysis, image analysis, and data compression. These application chapters make the reader aware of the similarities that exist in the use of wavelet transform analysis across disciplines. A comprehensive list of more than 700 references provides a valuable resource for further study.

The book is designed specifically for the applied reader in science, engineering, medicine, finance, or any other of the growing number of application areas. Newcomers to the subject will find an accessible and clear account of the theory of continuous and discrete wavelet transforms, providing a large number of examples of their use across a wide range of disciplines. Readers already acquainted with wavelets can use the book to broaden their perspective.

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... nicely organized and thoroughly pedagogical handbook ... The book is very much 'figure driven' and they are extremely useful for illustrating the mathematics and conveying the concepts in an uncomplicated matter ... an eminently readable style in motivating and explaining wavelets throughout the course ... this book, written as it is in a simple, forthright, and stimulating manner with balanced blend will prove a worthy addition to the understanding of wavelet transforms across disciplines.
-Guruprasad Madhavan, Stony Brook Heart Center, IEEE-EMBS

The book works on two levels: it is an excellent introduction for readers new to wavelet transforms, and it is a useful source of information and some inspiration to anyone who has been working in the field for some time. ... The book presents the field in an authoritative way but not too deeply. It has been designed as an overview and introduction to this dynamic area of computational analysis, and it achieves this with complete success. To conclude, I found this a thought provoking book on a fascinating subject: in fact once into the text I found it hard to put down.
-Dr. K.O. Jones, Measurement+Control, Vol. 36/7, Sept. 2003

The book is extremely well put together and lavishly illustrated (as one might infer from the title). ... I largely enjoyed reading this book and I strongly recommend it to anyone with an interest in wavelets, or in the general field of signal processing for that matter.
-Keith Worden, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 274 (2004) 1135-1136

The book ... provide[s] the reader with an overview of theory and practical applications of wavelet transforms methods, a new time-frequency decomposition tool for data analysis ... The book can be recommended to the people interested above all in applications in science, engineering, medicine, finance, or elsewhere. An account of the theory of continuous and discrete wavelet transforms, with a large number of examples of their use across a wide range of disciplines, is convenient both for newcomers to the subject ad readers already acquainted with wavelets methods working in particular area of application.
-Miloslav Duchori

Illustrations really do help in understanding wavelet transforms. It might be taken for granted that illustrations can aid in the understanding of a subject matter as this, but there is sound logical reasoning behind this claim that makes it especially true for this particular subject matter and also a great motivation for the text. This handbook goes the distance and shows that wavelet transforms are powerful data analysis tools that readily lend themselves to intuitive visual analysis and graphical representation, both of which can be critical to correct analysis in practice.
-Raymond Martin

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