# How to find the fundamental frequency of a discrete signal using partial autocorrelation?

I hope you can help me with this question.

I am trying to calculate the fundamental frequency (to know the beats per minute) of a cardiac pulse signal using partial autocorrelation. I use a 12-bit ADC and taking 4096 samples at Fs=512 Hz.

Heres what I'm trying:

First I do an offset of -2048 to align the signal to 0 (since the ADC gives me values from 0 to 4096).

Then I multiply it by the Hamming window wich I calculated as

$$w[n] = 0.54 - 0.46 \cos \left(2 \pi \frac{n}{N} \right)$$

To get this

Then I do the partial autocorrelation like this.

$$C_{xx}[n] = \frac{1}{N} \sum\limits_{m=0}^{N-1-n} x[m]x[m+n]$$

And finally I look for the maximum peak (that is not in the 0 position).

In this case I'm getting the maximum value at $$n$$ = 506.

But I don't know what to do with that index of the maximum of 506 if what I'm trying to get are the beats per minute.