Newly acquired books : November 2009

NEW_REFERENCE BOOK

Handbook of computer networks : LANS, MANs, WANs, the internet, and global, cellualr, and wireless networks

Author edited by Hossein Bidgoli.
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher John Wiley & Sons

Handbook of computer networks : LANS, MANs, WANs, the internet, and global, cellualr, and wireless networks

 

NEW RESERVE BOOKS

Computer networking : a top-down approach, 5th ed.

Author James F. Kurose , Keith W. Ross
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2010
Publisher Pearson/Addison Wesley

Computer networking : a top-down approach

Building on the successful top-down approach of previous editions, the Fourth Edition of Computer Networking continues with an early emphasis on application-layer paradigms and application programming interfaces, encouraging a hands-on experience with protocols and networking concepts. With this edition, Kurose and Ross bring the issues of network security to the forefront and integrate the most current and relevant networking technologies. Networking today involves much more than standards specifying message formats and protocol behaviors–and it is far more interesting. Professors Kurose and Ross focus on describing emerging principles in a lively and engaging manner and then illustrate these principles with examples drawn from Internet architecture.

The art of computer programming. Vol. 4. facsicle 0, Introduction to combinatorial algorithms and boolean functions

Author Donald E. Knuth.
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, NJ
Date of Publication c2005-c2009
Publisher Addison-Wesley

The art of computer programming. Vol. 4. facsicle 0, Introduction to combinatorial algorithms and boolean functions

“This multivolume work on the analysis of algorithms has long been recognized as the definitive description of classical computer science. The three complete volumes published to date already comprise a unique and invaluable resource in programming theory and practice. Countless readers have spoken about the profound personal influence of Knuth’s writings. Scientists have marveled at the beauty and elegance of his analysis, while practicing programmers have successfully applied his “cookbook” solutions to their day-to-day problems. All have admired Knuth for the breadth, clarity, accuracy, and good humor found in his books. To begin the fourth and later volumes of the set, and to update parts of the existing three, Knuth has created a series of small books called fascicles, which will be published at regular intervals. Each fascicle will encompass a section or more of wholly new or revised material. Ultimately, the content of these fascicles will be rolled up into the comprehensive, final versions of each volume, and the enormous undertaking that began in 1962 will be complete.Volume 4, Fascicle 0 This fascicle introduces what will become by far the longest chapter in The Art of Computer Programming, a chapter on combinatorial algorithms that will itself fill three full-sized volumes.Combinatorial algorithms, informally, are techniques for the high-speed manipulation of extremely large quantities of objects, such as permutations or the elements of graphs. Combinatorial patterns or arrangements solve vast numbers of practical problems, and modern approaches to dealing with them often lead to methods that are more than a thousand times faster than the straightforward procedures of yesteryear. This fascicle primes the pump for everything that follows in the chapter, discussing first the essential ideas of combinatorics and then introducing fundamental ideas for dealing efficiently with 0s and 1s inside a machine, including Boolean basics and Boolean function evaluation. As always, the author’s exposition is enhanced by hundreds of new exercises, arranged carefully for self-instruction, together with detailed answers.

NEW CIRCULATION BOOKS

Multiagent systems : algorithmic, game-theoretic, and logical foundations

Author Yoav Shoham, Kevin Leyton-Brown
Place of Publication Cambridge New York
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Cambridge University Press

Multiagent systems : algorithmic, game-theoretic, and logical foundations

“Multiagent systems combine multiple autonomous entities, each having diverging interests or different information. This overview of the field offers a computer science perspective, but also draws on ideas from game theory, economics, operations research, logic, philosophy and linguistics. It will serve as a reference for researchers in each of these fields, and be used as a text for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses. The authors emphasize foundations to create a broad and rigorous treatment of their subject, with thorough presentations of distributed problem solving, game theory, multiagent communication and learning, social choice, mechanism design, auctions, cooperative game theory, and modal logics of knowledge and belief. For each topic, basic concepts are introduced, examples are given, proofs of key results are offered, and algorithmic considerations are examined. An appendix covers background material in probability theory, classical logic, Markov decision processes and mathematical programming.


General systems theory : problems, perspectives, practice

Author Lars Skyttner
Place of Publication Hackensack, NJ
Date of Publication c2005
Publisher World Scientific

General systems theory : problems, perspectives, practice

Systems theorists see common principles in the structure and operation of systems of all kinds and sizes. They promote an interdisciplinary science adapted for a universal application with a common language and area of concepts. In order to solve problems, make recommendations and predict the future, they use theories, models and concepts from the vast area of general systems theory. This approach is chosen as a means to overcome the fragmentation of knowledge and the isolation of the specialist but also to find new approaches to problems created by earlier ‘solution of problems.’ This revised and updated second edition of General Systems Theory — Ideas and Applications includes new systems theories and a new chapter on self-organization and evolution. The book summarizes most of the fields of systems theory and its application systems science in one volume. It provides a quick and readable reference guide for future learning containing both general theories and practical applications

Software testing and continuous quality improvement, 3rd ed.

Author William E. Lewis technical contributors, David Dobbs, Gunasekaran Veerapillai.
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher CRC Press

Software testing and continuous quality improvement

This title invokes a continuous quality improvement approach to promote effective testing methods. It is often assumed that software testing is based on clearly defined requirements and software development standards. However, testing is typically performed against changing, and sometimes inaccurate, requirements. The third edition of a bestseller, “Software Testing and Continuous Quality Improvement, Third Edition” provides a continuous quality framework for the software testing process within traditionally structured and unstructured environments. This framework aids in creating meaningful test cases for systems with evolving requirements. This completely revised reference provides a comprehensive look at software testing as part of the project management process, emphasizing testing and quality goals early on in development. Building on the success of previous editions, the text explains testing in a Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) environment, the building blocks of a Testing Center of Excellence (COE), and how to test in an agile development. Fully updated, the sections on test effort estimation provide greater emphasis on testing metrics. The book also examines all aspects of functional testing and looks at the relation between changing business strategies and changes to applications in development. This title includes new chapters on Process, Application, and Organizational Metrics. All IT organizations face software testing issues, but most are unprepared to manage them. “Software Testing and Continuous Quality Improvement, Third Edition” is enhanced with an up-to-date listing of free software tools and a question-and-answer checklist for choosing the best tools for your organization. It equips you with everything you need to effectively address testing issues in the most beneficial way for your business.

Principles of operating systems : design & applications

Author Brian L. Stuart
Place of Publication [Boston, Mass.]
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Course Technology

Principles of operating systems : design & applications

“Principles of Operating Systems: Design and Applications” is an ideal resource for anyone who wants to gain a basic understanding of operating systems in the context of the applications in which they are used. The main focus of this text is to foster an understanding of operating system fundamentals: what types of services they provide, how various applications interface with them, and the restrictions they have on those applications. Making this book unique in its approach is the inclusion of a wide range of example systems and detailed case studies of the Linux and Inferno operating systems. By combining a traditional set of topics with this real-life contextual background, readers will achieve an enriched understanding of the material, which they can immediately apply to the world of operating systems.

Machine learning : an algorithmic perspective

Author Stephen Marsland
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher CRC Press

Machine learning : an algorithmic perspective

“”Machine Learning: An Algorithmic Perspective” introduces this subject to computer science students and others who may not have a strong mathematical background. Focusing on algorithms and applications, the text presents three distinct sets of problems for each section: standard questions that test understanding of the material, structured programming exercises using code and data from the Internet, and suggested further investigations, often involving some basic programming. The book covers such fundamental topics as neuronal modeling, perceptron, multi-layer perceptron, classification, regression, decision trees, the naive Bayes’ classifier, unsupervised learning, the self-organizing map, and genetic algorithms.

Image processing with MATLAB : applications in medicine and biology

Author Omer Demirkaya, Musa Hakan Asyali, Prasanna K. Sahoo.
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher CRC Press

Image processing with MATLAB : applications in medicine and biology

“”Image Processing with MATLAB[registered]: Applications in Medicine and Biology” explains complex, theory-laden topics in image processing through examples and MATLAB[registered] algorithms. It describes classical as well emerging areas in image processing and analysis. Providing many unique MATLAB codes and functions throughout, the book covers the theory of probability and statistics, two-dimensional fast Fourier transform, nonlinear diffusion filtering, and partial differential equation (PDE)-based image denoising techniques.It presents intensity-based image segmentation methods, including thresholding techniques as well as K-means and fuzzy C-means clustering techniques. The authors also explore Markov random field (MRF)-based image segmentation, boundary and curvature analysis methods, and parametric and geometric deformable models. The final chapters focus on three specific applications of image processing and analysis. Reducing the need for the trial-and-error way of solving problems, this book helps readers understand advanced concepts by applying algorithms to real-world problems in medicine and biology.

Thinking on the Web

Author H. Peter Alesso, Craig F. Sm
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Wiley

Thinking on the Web

This title provides valuable insight into the progress and direction of development of the World Wide Web and its likely future applications in science and business. It reviews the prospects for the Web to develop intelligent services (such as online businesses, games, purchases, new search capabilities, and accessibility to trustworthy information). It also offers a view for thinking about thinking on the Web. The companion website offers access to supplemental text, specialized information, additional examples, demos, tools reference material, and advanced applications.

Practical MATLAB basics for engineers

Author Misza Kalechman
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher CRC Press

Practical MATLAB basics for engineers

A comprehensive and accessible primer, this tutorial immerses engineers and engineering students in the essential technical skills that will allow them to put Matlab[registered] to immediate use. The book covers concepts and Matlab language. This knowledge can be used to explore the basic applications that are detailed in Misza Kalechman’s companion volume, “Practical Matlab Applications for Engineers”

Intelligent systems : modeling, optimization, and control

Author Yung C. Shin, Chengying Xu
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher CRC Press

Intelligent systems : modeling, optimization, and control

Providing a thorough introduction to the field of soft computing techniques, “Intelligent Systems: Modeling, Optimization, and Control” covers every major technique in artificial intelligence in a clear and practical style. This book highlights current research and applications, addresses issues encountered in the development of applied systems, and describes a wide range of intelligent systems techniques, including neural networks, fuzzy logic, evolutionary strategy, and genetic algorithms. The book demonstrates concepts through simulation examples and practical experimental results. Case studies are also presented from each field to facilitate understanding.

Solving applied mathematical problems with MATLAB

Author Dingyu Xue, YangQuan Chen
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Taylor & Francis

Solving applied mathematical problems with MATLAB

“This textbook presents a variety of applied mathematics topics in science and engineering with an emphasis on problem solving techniques using MATLAB[registered]. The authors provide a general overview of the MATLAB language and its graphics abilities before delving into problem solving, making the book useful for readers without prior MATLAB experience. They explain how to generate code suitable for various applications so that readers can apply the techniques to problems not covered in the book. Examples, figures, and MATLAB scripts enable readers with basic mathematics knowledge to solve various applied math problems in their fields while avoiding unnecessary technical details.

Practical MATLAB applications for engineers

Author Misza Kalechman
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher CRC Press

Practical MATLAB applications for engineers

“Practical Matlab Applications for Engineers” provides a tutorial for those with a basic understanding of Matlab[registered]. The book covers the material encountered in the typical engineering and technology programs at most colleges. It illustrates the direct connection between theory and real applications. Each chapter reviews basic concepts and then explores those concepts with a number of worked out examples

Cooperative wireless communications

Author Yan Zhang, Hsiao-Hwa Chen, and Mohsen Guizani
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Auerbach Publications

Cooperative wireless communications

Cooperative devices are receiving greater focus in wireless communication as they substantially enhance system performance by decreasing power consumption and packet loss rate, while also increasing system capacity and network resilience. Providing the vital background information needed for those involved with the development and implementation of cooperative mechanisms, this volume introduces key cooperative strategies for infrastructure-based systems, as well as for self-organizing, multi-hop networks. Providing a key reference for researchers and product developers, the text details those recent improvements in a variety of cooperative mechanisms and frameworks that are applicable in diverse scenarios.

Head first Rails

Author David Griffiths
Place of Publication Beijing ; Sebastopol
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher O’Reilly

Head first Rails

Figure its about time that you hop on the Ruby on Rails bandwagon? You’ve heard that it’ll increase your productivity exponentially, and allow you to created full fledged web applications with minimal headaches…but you don’t know where to start? “Head First Ruby on Rails” is the book for you. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory, “Head First Ruby on Rails” is a multi-sensory experience designed for the way that your brain works. We’ll take you through the basics of the Ruby language, and the nuances of the Rails development environment, with a healthy dose of object-oriented programming tossed in for good measure. Creating functional applications through the book you’ll move on to more complex topics such as database relationships, testing, security considerations, and even some web services, Ajax, and XML.

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