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Programming Computer Vision With Python
Reviewed by Patrick Mihelich,
Silicon Valley-San Francisco Bay Area Python Interest Group
Opening the table of contents, I was immediately impressed by the selection of topics. Computer vision is a broad field, and PCVwP manages to cover plenty of ground. One of the book's strengths is the elegantly written code samples. They are a great advertisement for Python as a scientific computing tool. I'm personally most at home bit-banging in C++, but even with powerful libraries (Boost, Eigen, OpenCV) it's hard to match the terseness of Python. I appreciate the focus on free, open-source software, and the star libraries in this book - Numpy, SciPy, Matplotlib - are high-quality and well documented. MATLAB users, pay heed.
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