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