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I have a signal with frequency of 1000 Hz, and it consist of velocities of an hot-wire. The measurements are taken behind a cylinder as air is blown on the cylinder. When i process the signal of each of the cases (different start velocity) I get an extreme value at the start, just a single point. What is the best way to treat this, because it is an abnormality and I should "remove it"?

What is best to do in a case like this, should I use a window function like hanning or is this actual good data? Velocity signal

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  • $\begingroup$ Subtract the average and run again. You can also plot the log(amplitude) to have it be less visually jarring. $\endgroup$ – Byron Wall May 8 at 19:34
  • $\begingroup$ Once you remove the large peak at 0, you will then see that your results are mirrored across 500 Hz. You will presumably want to only plot from 0 to 500 Hz. $\endgroup$ – Byron Wall May 8 at 19:36
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This is just a quantity proportional to the 0-th frequency of your signal, in other words the average value. It is not abnormal, since it is necessary to have an invertible Fourier transformation.

If you want to remove it, you can just remove a central tendency (like the mean) from your signal (windowed or not).

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