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Random Processes for Engineers


  • Author: Bruce Hajek, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Date Published: March 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107100121

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  • This engaging introduction to random processes provides students with the critical tools needed to design and evaluate engineering systems that must operate reliably in uncertain environments. A brief review of probability theory and real analysis of deterministic functions sets the stage for understanding random processes, whilst the underlying measure theoretic notions are explained in an intuitive, straightforward style. Students will learn to manage the complexity of randomness through the use of simple classes of random processes, statistical means and correlations, asymptotic analysis, sampling, and effective algorithms. Key topics covered include: • Calculus of random processes in linear systems • Kalman and Wiener filtering • Hidden Markov models for statistical inference • The estimation maximization (EM) algorithm • An introduction to martingales and concentration inequalities. Understanding of the key concepts is reinforced through over 100 worked examples and 300 thoroughly tested homework problems (half of which are solved in detail at the end of the book).

    • Provides an engaging introduction to random processes for senior undergraduate and graduate students
    • Covers both methods of using Markov processes (for inference with hidden states and for modelling/analysis of random dynamical systems) which are central to practical applications
    • Includes over 300 end-of-chapter problems, with worked solutions to half supplied at the back of the text, and the rest available online for instructors
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    'A comprehensive exposition of random processes … Abstract concepts are nicely explained through many examples … The book will be very helpful for beginning graduate students who want a firm foundational understanding of random processes. It will also serve as a nice reference for the advanced reader.' Anima Anandkumar, University of California, Irvine

    'This is a fantastic book from one of the eminent experts in the field, and is the standard text for the graduate class I teach in [electrical and computer engineering] … The material covered is perfect for a first-year graduate class in probability and stochastic processes.' Sanjay Shakkottai, University of Texas, Austin

    'This is an excellent introductory book on random processes and basic estimation theory from the foremost expert and is suitable for advanced undergraduate students and/or first-year graduate students who are interested in stochastic analysis. It covers an extensive set of topics that are very much applicable to a wide range of engineering fields.' Richard La, University of Maryland

    'I was fortunate to have a mature draft of [this] book when I introduced a stochastic processes course to my department … [It] provides an entirely accessible introduction to the foundations of stochastic processes … the students in my course enjoyed Hajek's introduction to measure theory, and … could appreciate the value of the abstract concepts introduced at the start of the text. It includes applications of this general theory to many topics that are of tremendous interest to students and practitioners, such as nonlinear filtering, statistical methods such as the EM-algorithm, and stability theory for Markov processes. Because the book establishes strong foundations, in a course it is not difficult to substitute other applications, such as Monte-Carlo methods or reinforcement learning. Graduate students will be thrilled to learn these exciting techniques from an accessible source.' Sean Meyn, University of Florida

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107100121
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.98kg
    • contains: 130 b/w illus. 1 table 307 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. A selective review of basic probability
    2. Convergence of a sequence of random variables
    3. Random vectors and minimum mean squared error estimation
    4. Random processes
    5. Inference for Markov models
    6. Dynamics for countable-state Markov models
    7. Basic calculus of random processes
    8. Random processes in linear systems and spectral analysis
    9. Wiener filtering
    10. Martingales
    11. Appendix
    12. Solutions to even numbered problems.

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    Bruce Hajek, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Bruce Hajek has been an avid student, instructor, and user of probability theory for his entire career. He is the Mary Lou and Leonard C. Hoeft Chair of Engineering, Center for Advanced Study Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois. Among his many awards, he is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a recipient of the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award. He is co-author, with E. Wong, of the more advanced classic book, Stochastic Processes in Engineering Systems, 2nd edition (1985).

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