# GCC-PHAT cross correlation

I am trying to implement GCC-PHAT in python.

It seems the only difference between GCC-PHAT and normal cross-correlation using FFT is the division by the magnitude.

Here is my code:

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from scipy.fftpack import rfft, irfft, fftfreq, fft, ifft

def xcorr_freq(s1,s2):
f_s1 = fft(s1)
f_s2 = fft(s2)
f_s2c = np.conj(f_s2)
f_s = f_s1 * f_s2c
denom = abs(f_s)
denom[denom < 1e-6] = 1e-6
f_s = f_s / denom  # This line is the only difference between GCC-PHAT and normal cross correlation
return np.abs(ifft(f_s))[1:]


I have checked by commenting out fs = fs / denom The function produces the same result as normal cross correlation for a wide band signal.

Here is a sample test code which shows the GCC-PHAT code above performs worse than normal cross-correlation:

LENG = 500
a = np.array(np.random.rand(LENG))
b = np.array(np.random.rand(LENG))
plt.plot(xcorr_freq(a,b))
plt.figure()
plt.plot(np.correlate(s1,s2,'full'))


Here is the result with GCC-PHAT: Here is the result with normal cross-correlation: Since GCC-PHAT should give better cross-correlation performance for wide band signal, I know there is something wrong with my code. Any help is very appreciated!

• Concerning your second code fragment: how did you compute s1 and s2? I think that with np.correlate you compute something totally different from what you get with xcorr_freq. Your code for xcorr_freq looks OK. – Matt L. Sep 4 '14 at 9:07