A classic -- offering comprehensive and unified coverage with a balance between theory and practice! Pattern recognition is integral to a wide spectrum of scientific disciplines and technologies including image analysis, speech recognition and audio classification, communications, computer-aided diagnosis, data mining. The authors, leading experts in the field of pattern recognition, have once again provided an up-to-date, self-contained volume encapsulating this wide spectrum of information. Each chapter is designed to begin with basics of theory progressing to advanced topics and then discusses cutting-edge techniques. Problems and exercises are present at the end of each chapter with a solutions manual provided via a companion website where a number of demonstrations are also available to aid the reader in gaining practical experience with the theories and associated algorithms. This edition includes discussion of Bayesian classification, Bayesian networks, linear and nonlinear classifier design (including neural networks and support vector machines), dynamic programming and hidden Markov models for sequential data, feature generation (including wavelets, principal component analysis, independent component analysis and fractals), feature selection techniques, basic concepts from learning theory, and clustering concepts and algorithms. This book considers classical and current theory and practice, of both supervised and unsupervised pattern recognition, to build a complete background for professionals and students of engineering. Key Features: * Up-to-date results on support vector machines including í-SVMs and their geometric interpretation * Classifier combinations including the Boosting approach * Feature generation for image analysis, speech recognition and audio classification * Up-to-date material for clustering algorithms tailored for large data sets and/or high dimensional data, as required by applications such as web-mining and bioinformatics * Coverage of diverse applications such as image analysis, optical character recognition, channel equalization, speech recognition and audio classification About the Authors: Sergios Theodoridis acquired a Physics degree with honors from the University of Athens, Greece in 1973 and a MSc and a Ph.D. degree in Signal Processing and Communications from the University of Birmingham, UK in 1975 and 1978 respectively. Since 1995 he has been a Professor with the Department of Informatics and Communications at the University of Athens. Konstantinos Koutroumbas acquired a degree from the University of Patras, Greece in Computer Engineering and Informatics in 1989, a MSc in Computer Science from the Queen Mary and Westfield College of the University of London, UK in 1990, and a Ph.D. degree from the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Athens in 1995. Since 2001 he has been with the Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing of the National Observatory of Athens.Theodoridis, Sergios is the author of 'Pattern Recognition ', published 2006 under ISBN 9780123695314 and ISBN 0123695317.