© 2008

A Concise Introduction to Data Compression


Part of the Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science book series (UTICS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Basic Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-19
    2. Pages 61-91
    3. Pages 93-120
  3. Advanced Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 122-122
    2. Pages 123-142
    3. Pages 143-226
    4. Pages 227-246
    5. Pages 247-264
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 265-311

About this book


Compressing data is an option naturally selected when faced with problems of high costs or restricted space. Written by a renowned expert in the field, this book offers readers a succinct, reader-friendly foundation to the chief approaches, methods and techniques currently employed in the field of data compression.

Part I presents the basic approaches to data compression and describes a few popular techniques and methods commonly used to compress data. The reader discovers essential concepts, such as variable-length and prefix codes, statistical distributions and run-length encoding. Part II then concentrates on advanced techniques, such as arithmetic coding, orthogonal transforms, subband transforms and the Burrows-Wheeler transform.


• Clear overview of the principles underlying this field

• Outlines the essentials of the various approaches to compressing data

• Contains many learning aids such as: chapter introductions and summaries, chapter-end exercises, comprehensive glossary, etc.

• Provides several examples of important compression algorithms

• Offers a supplementary author-maintained website, with errata and auxiliary material –

• An ideal introductory volume to David Salomon’s fourth edition of Data Compression: The Complete Reference

Complete and clear, this book is the perfect resource for undergraduates in computer science and requires a minimum of mathematics. It is also ideal for readers with a basic knowledge of computer science wanting to learn about data compression.

David Salomon is a professor emeritus of Computer Science at California State University, Northridge. He has authored numerous articles and books, including Coding for Data and Computer Communications, Guide to Data Compression Methods, Data Privacy and Security, Computer Graphics and Geometric Modeling, Foundations of Computer Security, Transformations and Projections in Computer Graphics, and Variable-length Codes for Data Compression.


Coding and information theory Image, audio and text compression algorithms communication computer science computer security data compression privacy signal and image processing

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentCalifornia State UniversityNorthridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Concise Introduction to Data Compression
  • Authors David Salomon
  • Series Title Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-84800-071-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-84800-072-8
  • Series ISSN 1863-7310
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 314
  • Number of Illustrations 89 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Data Structures and Information Theory
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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From the reviews:

"This book on data compression … can be considered an introductory one into a part of coding theory. … can be used by students who want to understand a general description of data compression and some of the important themes in this domain. … In each part exercises are provided, and solutions for them can be found at the end of the book. … Overall, the book … is particularly suitable for undergraduate students to be used for laboratory purposes." (Nicolae Constantinescu, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1147, 2008)

"This book provides an overview of compression methods in general, and goes into a fair amount of detail for some specific algorithms in use. … On the whole, this could be a useful book for a short course on compression at the undergraduate level, and would provide students with a taste for the material." (Jeffrey Putnam, ACM Computing Reviews, December, 2008)

“In the present book, multiple explanations and examples are used to clarify and expose different and important concepts, such as entropy and variable length coding. The book also includes a numerous program code snippets. These programs are clearly written and so should be easily understood by students. The book is excellent and fills the stated goal. When I am going to teach data compression again, I will most definitely use A Concise Introduction to Data Compression as a textbook for the class.” (Ville Hautamäki, SIGACT News, April, 2012)