1st Edition

Random Processes for Engineers
A Primer





ISBN 9780367656355
Published September 30, 2020 by CRC Press
207 Pages

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This book offers an intuitive approach to random processes and educates the reader on how to interpret and predict their behavior. Premised on the idea that new techniques are best introduced by specific, low-dimensional examples, the mathematical exposition is easier to comprehend and more enjoyable, and it motivates the subsequent generalizations. It distinguishes between the science of extracting statistical information from raw data--e.g., a time series about which nothing is known a priori--and that of analyzing specific statistical models, such as Bernoulli trials, Poisson queues, ARMA, and Markov processes. The former motivates the concepts of statistical spectral analysis (such as the Wiener-Khintchine theory), and the latter applies and interprets them in specific physical contexts. The formidable Kalman filter is introduced in a simple scalar context, where its basic strategy is transparent, and gradually extended to the full-blown iterative matrix form.

Table of Contents

Probability Basics. Random Processes. Analysis of Raw Data. Models for Random Processes. Least Mean-Square Error Predictors. The Kalman Filter.

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Biography

Dr. Arthur David Snider has over fifty years of experience in modeling physical systems in the areas of heat transfer, electromagnetics, microwave circuits, and orbital mechanics, as well as the mathematical areas of numerical analysis, signal processing, differential equations, and optimization. He holds degrees in both mathematics (BS, MIT, PhD, NYU) and physics (MA, Boston U), and he is a registered professional engineer. He served for forty-five years on the faculties of mathematics, physics, and electrical engineering at the University of South Florida after working for five years as a systems analyst at MIT's Draper Instrumentation Lab. He consults in many industries in Florida and has published five other textbooks in applied mathematics.

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"This is great and timely book! It takes difficult concepts and distills them to the reader in a way that is simple and easy to understand. It connects students with hard to understand theories and concepts though the use of good examples and graphical illustrations."
George Edwards, University of Denver, USA

"This book offers an intuitive approach to random processes and discusses how to interpret and predict their behavior. Based on the idea that new techniques are best introduced by specific, low-dimensional examples, the mathematical exposition is made easier to comprehend and serves to motivate the subsequent generalizations. It distinguishes between the science of extracting statistical information from raw data such as a time series about which nothing is known a priori and that of analyzing specific statistical models, such as Bernoulli trials, Poisson queues, ARMA, and Markov processes. The former motivates the concepts of statistical spectral analysis (such as the Wiener–Khintchine theory), and the latter applies and interprets them in specific physical contexts. The Kalman filter is introduced in a simple scalar context, where its basic strategy is transparent and gradually extended to the full-blown iterative matrix form."
IEEE Control Systems Magazine, December 2017 Issue

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