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Author(s) Alexandrov, V.V.
Gorsky, N.D.
Title Image Representation and Processing
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers
Year of publication 1993
Reviewed by Viorica-Cerasela Postolache

In this book are set forth fundamental notions and results concerning information theory and some applications of this topic in the field of images processing as well as of expert systems. Today these topics play an extremely important role throughout in science and technology. The work gives a sufficient number of results, so as to permit the reader to give an orientation in some new and important fields of Mathematics and Computers which are strongly related with one another.

The book includes six chapters, a preface, a very good and comprehensive bibliography, a table of index as well as a table of contents sufficiently detailed. The first of these chapters deals with the human and machine perception as well as with image representation. The second gives the basic elements of the theory of recursive structures and their properties. In the third chapter, pyramidal image models such that the model of greyscale image, the model of the binary image are presented.

Chapter 4, deals with image coding and progressive transmission with gradual refinement. In Chapter 5 is investigated the image processing with pyramidal-recursive structures. In the last chapter applications of pyramidal-recursive structures and some algorithms are treated.

This book is suitable for more advanced students in mathematics and computers, applied mathematicians and computer scientists seriously interested in the topic of the image processing. An introductory course to calculus and to probability theory is assumed.

The presentation of the book is rigorous, many results reflect the experience of the authors in the field of image processing research work. The book is sufficiently self contained to enable independent research. Many carefully plotted pictures illustrate the ideas and the concepts. Purchasing this book is a good investment for individuals and libraries alike. The reader will not pay attention to some graphical mistakes included in this edition (see for example pp. 39 down as well as Figure 6.13 where the hyphenation is unsound).