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Computational Colour Science Using MATLAB, 2nd Edition by Vien Cheung, Caterina Ripamonti, Stephen Westland

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Chapter 1

Introduction

1.1 Preface

The growing importance of colour science in the manufacturing industry has resulted in the availability of many excellent text books: existing texts describe the history and development of the CIE system (Wyszecki and Stiles, 1982; Hunt, 1998; Ohta and Robertson, 2005; Schanda, 2007; Hunt and Pointer, 2011), the prediction of colour difference (McDonald, 1997a; Berns, 2000; Luo, 2002a) and colour appearance (Fairchild, 2005), the relationship of the CIE system to the human visual system (Wandell, 1995; Kaiser and Boynton, 1996), and applications of colour science in technology (Green and MacDonald, 2002; Green, 2010). However, the field of colour science is becoming ever more technical and although practitioners need to understand the theory and practice of colour science they also need guidance on how to actually compute the various metrics, indices and coordinates that are useful to the practicing colour scientist. Computational Colour Science Using MATLAB® was published to address this specific need (Westland and Ripamonti, 2004). It described methods and algorithms for actually computing colorimetric parameters and for carrying out applications such as device characterisation, transformations between colour spaces and computation of various indices such as colour differences. There are a number of reasons why a second edition has now been published. Firstly, the last decade has seen a number of developments that are important but which were ...

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