Data Compression (4th ed.)

The Complete Reference

by David Salomon, G. Motta, D. Bryant

This book provides a comprehensive reference for the many different types and methods of compression. Included are a detailed and helpful taxonomy, analysis of most common methods, and discussions on the use and comparative benefits of methods and description of "how to" use them. Detailed descriptions and explanations of the most well-known and frequently used compression methods are covered in a self-contained fashion, with an accessible style and technical level for specialists and nonspecialists. Comments and suggestions of many readers have been included as a benefit to future readers, and a website is maintained and updated by the author.


  • Springer London; March 2007
  • ISBN: 9781846286032
  • Edition: 4
  • Read online, or download in DRM-free PDF (digitally watermarked) format
  • Title: Data Compression
  • Author: David Salomon; G. Motta (contrib.); D. Bryant (contrib.)
  • Imprint: Springer

In The Press

From a review of a previous edition:

"A wonderful treasure chest of information; spanning a wide range of data compression methods, from simple text compression methods to the use of wavelets in image compression. It is unusual for a text on compression to cover the field so completely." --Computing Reviews

From the reviews of the fourth edition:

"A clear presentation of both the principles of data compression and all the important compression methods currently in use. The book is geared towards the nonspecialists. … can be a valuable reference for researchers with an interest in compression (or compression-related topics), engineers, and applied scientists working on products employing compression technology. … Overall, the book is an excellent reference on compression principles and methods for anyone with a general background in signal processing or computer science." (Shahram Shirani, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, March, 2008)

"The author’s comprehensive and informative presentation of these topics courageously does away with most of the theoretical topics needed to support the concepts – which is most welcomed. … The text is easy to read… A collection of exercises for each chapter and a solid glossary are included. …the book is attractive to both the incidental reader (who needs a brief description and no details) and the more thorough one (who may use it for starting a research or teaching project). … The book’s size is alarmingly large, but appropriate for a complete reference work; it is rightfully titled." (Stefan Robila, ACM Computing Reviews, Vol. 49 (9), September 2008)

"Readers who rely on modern computing for their research and development projects will appreciate that data compression is one of its most important tools. … this is the fourth edition of this reference text it has obviously served this field well and has been updated to account for the strides that have been made in this field. … The new edition brings the text references to date and also introduces many new and important topics." (Kybernetes, Vol. 38 (5), 2009)