# If an autocorrelation function of a process is a rectangular function, then is the process deterministic?

I would like to clarify one doubt regarding autocorrelation function $R_x (\tau)$ of a process $X(t)$. Suppose $R_x (\tau) = \Pi (\tau)$, where $\Pi (\tau)$ is the rectangular function. Then is the process $X(t)$ deterministic.

• Why do you think it would be deterministic? Dec 3, 2013 at 4:15
• A friend of mine told that this autocorrelation cannot hold true for a random process. So I was thinking that it would be deterministic. Dec 3, 2013 at 4:45
• As Jazzmaniac's answer implies, the rectangular pulse cannot be the autocorrelation function of anything, random process or deterministic signal or whatever. Your friend's statement is correct but incomplete and you are choosing an inapporpriate negation. "OK, the rectangular pulse is not the autocorelation of a random process and so the process must be deterministic" Not so. The rectangular pulse is not the autocorrelation of any process. Dec 3, 2013 at 14:02