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Wavelets: Tools for Science and TechnologyWavelets: Tools for Science and Technology

Stéphane Jaffard, Yves Meyer, and Robert D. Ryan

This long-awaited update of Meyer's Wavelets: Algorithms & Applications includes completely new chapters on four topics: wavelets and the study of turbulence, wavelets and fractals (which includes an analysis of Riemann's nondifferentiable function), data compression, and wavelets in astronomy. The chapter on data compression was the original motivation for this revised edition, and it contains up-to-date information on the interplay between wavelets and nonlinear approximation. The other chapters have been rewritten with comments, references, historical notes, and new material. Four appendices have been added: a primer on filters, key results (with proofs) about the wavelet transform, a complete discussion of a counterexample to the Marr-Mallat conjecture on zero-crossings, and a brief introduction to Hölder and Besov spaces. In addition, all of the figures have been redrawn, and the references have been expanded to a comprehensive list of over 260 entries. The book includes several new results that have not appeared elsewhere.

Wavelet analysis---an exciting theory at the intersection of the frontiers of mathematics, science, and technology---is a unifying concept that interprets a large body of scientific research. In addition to its intrinsic mathematical interest, its applications have serious economic implications in the areas of signal and image compression. For these expanding fields, this book provides a clear set of concepts, methods, and algorithms adapted to a variety of applications ranging from the transmission of images on the Internet to theoretical studies in physics. The use of wavelet-based algorithms adopted by the FBI for fingerprint compression and by the Joint Photographic Experts Group for the new JPEG-2000 compression standard confirms the success of this theory.

The authors present with equal skill and clarity the mathematical background and major wavelet applications, including the study of turbulence, fractal objects, and the structure of the universe. Never before have the historic origins, the algorithms, and the applications of wavelets been discussed in such scope, providing a unifying presentation accessible to scientists and engineers across all disciplines and levels of training.

Written specifically for scientists and engineers with diverse backgrounds, the material is presented in a manner that will appeal to both experts and nonexperts alike. This book is a valuable tool for anyone (from graduate student to expert) faced with signal or image processing problems. It also answers the question, "What are wavelets?"

The first seven chapters trace the historical origins of wavelet theory and describe the different time-scale and time-frequency algorithms used today under the term "wavelets." Specific examples include the application of wavelet techniques to FBI fingerprint compression problems and the use of wavelets in the new JPEG standard for still image compression. Applying wavelet analysis methods to signal and image processing, fractals, turbulence, and astronomy is covered in the balance.


Preface to Revised Edition; Preface from the First Edition; Chapter 1: Signals and Wavelets; Chapter 2: Wavelets from a Historical Perspective; Chapter 3: Quadrature Mirror Filters; Chapter 4: Pyramid Algorithms for Numerical Image Processing; Chapter 5: Time-Frequency Analysis for Signal Processing; Chapter 6: Time-Frequency Algorithms Using Malvar-Wilson Wavelets; Chapter 7: Time-Frequency Analysis and Wavelet Packets; Chapter 8: Computer Vision and Human Vision; Chapter 9: Wavelets and Turbulence; Chapter 10: Wavelets and Multifractal Functions; Chapter 11: Data Compression and Restoration of Noisy Images; Chapter 12: Wavelets and Astronomy; Appendix A: Filter Fundamentals; Appendix B: Wavelet Transforms; Appendix C: A Counterexample; Appendix D: Hölder Spaces and Besov Spaces; Bibliography; Author Index; Subject Index.

2001 / xiv + 256 pages / Hardcover / ISBN-13: 978-0-898714-48-7 / ISBN-10: 0-89871-448-6 /
List Price $85.00 / SIAM Member Price $59.50 / Order Code OT69
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