Detection, Estimation, and Modulation Theory, Part I


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This web-site has been developed by Kristine Bell and Harry Van Trees to provide resources for the textbook:  Detection, Estimation, and Modulation Theory, Part I, by Harry L. Van Trees, John Wiley & Sons, 1968.  Republished in paperback by Wiley in 2001.  720 pages, ISBN: 0471095176.

In 1968, Part I of Detection, Estimation, and Modulation Theory was published.  It turned out to be a reasonably successful book that has been widely used by several generations of engineers.  It introduced the terms “Detection and Estimation Theory” into the engineering lexicon and led to the introduction of graduate courses at universities throughout the world.  Russian and Chinese translations were published in the 1970s.  There were thirty printings with the last printing in 1996.  The paperback version was published in 2001.  In addition to providing background for Part IV, Part I is still useful as a text for a graduate course in Detection and Estimation Theory.

In the 34-year period since the original publication, there has been a dramatic change in the signal processing area.  Digital processing has replaced analog processing in most applications.  Advances in computational processors have allowed the implementation of complex algorithms that were only of theoretical interest in the past.  In many applications, algorithms can be implemented that reach the theoretical bounds.  Although there have been a number of new theoretical results developed in the last 34 years, most of the material in Part I is still relevant.

The advances in computational capability have also changed how the material is taught.  In Part I, there is an emphasis on compact analytic solutions to problems.  With the availability of MATLAB®, efficient iterative solutions and simulations can be added to the course.  Integrals that are difficult to do analytically can be done using MATLAB®.  Part I emphasizes continuous time processes but the transition to discrete time processes is straightforward.

When Dr. Bell and I have taught Detection and Estimation Theory in recent years we have augmented the material in the text and incorporated additional problems.  One of the purposes of the web site is to make this supplementary material available to instructors and readers.

The Supplementary Notes section contains notes to augment or amplify the material in the text.  The Additional Problems section contains problems whose solutions require the use of MATLAB®.  The MATLAB® scripts for these solutions are provided.  The Solutions Manual section is a password-protected web-site available to instructors using the text for a class.  It contains the solutions to the problems listed in the Appendix to Part I.  The Errata section will contain corrections to the text.  The Links section contains useful links and contact information for the authors.


Last updated: 04/12/02