Computerized Data Acquisition and Analysis for the Life Sciences: A Hands-on Guide

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"This book offers an excellent introduction to computer-based data acquisition and analysis and will be especially valuable to those with little or no engineering background. In an informal, easy-to-read style, it guides researchers through the basics of data acquisition systems, explains the important concepts underlying sampled data, and gives numerous examples of how to analyse the recorded information. While aimed at researchers in the life sciences, the topics covered are general and will be valuable to anyone interested in learning to use data acquisition systems." "A variety of high-quality hardware and software is now available to researchers, and computerized data acquisition systems are often the principal method of recording experimental results. Yet for the non-engineer, setting up these systems can be a difficult task. This book takes the reader through the process step by step, from the type of input to be used (single-ended or differential, unipolar or bipolar) through to the sampling rate and the size of the resultant data files. It explains how to set up preamplifiers to get the best results, and covers the main types of transducer encountered in life science work. It then discusses how to obtain useful information from the large amounts of data recorded. The principles can be applied to the collection of data from respiratory apparatus, intracellular and extracellular electrodes, electrocardiograms, behavioural-science experiments, kinematics, and a host of other situations. Many illustrations and worked examples accompany the text, unfamiliar terms are explained, and the mathematics are kept as simple as possible." "This book is an invaluable tool for the non-engineer who is collecting and analysing experimental data using data acquisition systems. Researchers, graduate students, and technicians will find it an up-to-date, accessible, and indispensable guide for setting up their equipment and getting the most out of their experimental data."-

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"This is an excellent introduction to the practice of data acquisition for scientific use." Petar M. Djuric, Quarterly Review of Biology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521565707
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Bare Essentials 1
2 How a Data Acquisition System Works 7
3 Important Concepts 46
4 Connecting to the Real World with Transducers 82
5 Data Manipulation 109
6 Examples 178
App Suppliers of Data Acquisition/Analysis Hardware and Software and Electronic Components 223
Notes 229
References 233
Index 235
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