The Burg algorithm implemented in PRAAT for formant estimation also works via LPC. First the sound is resampled to a sampling frequency of twice the value of maximum formant. Then a pre-emphasis is applied and finally, PRAAT applies a Gaussian like window to compute linear prediction coefficients through the Burg algorithm.

I understand that pre-emphasis is helpful for formant extraction by LPC since the human voice is not spectrally flat, but am confused about why Praat is resampling.



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You want to resample down to alias frequencies higher than your maximum desired formant.

If you understand aliasing in the z-transform and the transfer function of a system then this should be obvious.


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