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I am trying to model a network for performance evaluation on a wireless system with interference cancellation. Then I stumbled upon a question that I needed to answer before I can proceed. Can interference cancellation be likened to the use of earplugs? For instance, if receivers in the network are interference cancellation-enabled i.e they can cancel interference from the transmitters in the network. Does canceling interference imply that the interference within the network as a whole has reduced OR does it mean that "the receivers now have earplugs ON" i.e. although there is interference present within the system they have been able to systematically prevent such interference from "disturbing" their reception. This would be useful for instance in a cognitive network where devices of another class might "want" to harvest such interference.

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  • $\begingroup$ My perception is that the way this question is worded makes it appear to be off-topic for the board. The question at its heart seems to be "What is interference cancelation?" with a secondary question on "Although it mentions cancellation, could the interference part of the signal still be useful somehow?". The earplug analogy is not exactly accurate. Maybe this is closer to interference cancellation. $\endgroup$ – A_A Jul 23 at 9:04

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