I have to subtract, from a signal x[n], its version filtered thorugh an LPF FIR filter, like this:


How can I remove the group delay introduced by the filter h_lpf into the signal xf?

I know it is equal to $\tau_{grp}=\frac{N-1}{2}$, where N is the number of taps.

In my case N is odd, so $\tau_{grp}$ is an integer.

In this page:


in the section (Compensating for Delay Introduced by Filtering) there's a method, which I here adapt for my case: (note: "x" is the input signal, and D is the group delay):

xf = filter(h_lpf,1,[x zeros(1,D)]);      % Append D zeros to the input data
xf = xf(D+1:end);                         % Shift data to compensate for delay
Could anyone explain it to me? Could I use it for my problem?

  • $\begingroup$ I agree with the answer by second floor expert. What if the filter has a non-linear phase response? From my experienment in simulink/matlab, the group delay is calculated as zero instead between input and output, do you know why is that? $\endgroup$ Oct 19, 2018 at 14:35

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If the low pass filter has a linear phase response, then the group delay it introduces is indeed constant, and it equals $\tau_g=(N-1)/2$ samples, with $N$ being the number of taps. If $N$ is odd, then the group delay is an integer number of samples, and in this case you just have to shift the output signal $\tau_g$ samples to the left as compared to the original signal:

$$y[n]=x[n]-x_f[n+\tau],\quad \tau\in\mathbb{N}$$

This is exactly what the Matlab code in your question does. Don't forget to make sure that the number of filter taps $N$ is odd!

Alternatively, you could delay the original signal $x[n]$ by the filter's group delay before subtracting from it the filtered signal.


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