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### What is the difference between a causal system and a system with memory?

As far as I know, memoryless systems are causal systems. But why aren't systems with memory necessarily causal? Since the system with memory is affected by past input and current input, I think that ...
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### One Sided Waveforms in Discrete Time and Frequency?

Consider a discrete time waveform $x[n]$ with $n \in [0...N-1]$ that is zero for all samples $n > N/2$ and non-zero elsewhere. Is there a waveform such that its Discrete Fourier Transform $X[k]$ ...
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### When is a LTI IIR $H(z)$ system minimum phase

EDIT: I failed to mention that the system's inverse also needs to be causal and stable. I cannot wrap my mind around on how when a system and its inverse are both causal and stable and LTI IIR it is ...
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### Stable and causal system

How many stable and causal systems with the same magnitude response are there? I know this relates to an all pass system for two rational transfer functions but am not sure about the specifics of this
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### Causal and Non-memoryless LTI sytems described by LCCDE

I was wondering about the nature of stable systems (in the BIBO sense) that are causal with memory for which we wish to represent them by LCCDE (if they may exist). How frequent do LCCDE exist such ...
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### How to determine which measurements cause which?

Suppose I have two sequences of measurements, $x_1[n]$ and $x_2[n]$ for $0 \le n \le N-1$. How do I determine if there is a causal relationship between the two? My first thought was, well... I can ...
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### Initial rest condition applied on $x(t)$ vs $h(t)$

Define the LTI system $\mathcal{H} : x\mapsto y$ Define the convolution for continuous-time system : $$(x*h)(t)=\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}x(\tau)h(t-\tau)\;\text{d}\tau$$ The initial rest condition ...
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### Is this system causal or not?

My efforts of solving this question are below. I came to a conclusion that this system is causal, since: $$\begin{cases} w[k]+5w[k-1]+6w[k-2]=x[k] \\ y[k]=w[k]+2w[k-1]+3w[k-2]+4w[k-3] \end{cases}$$...
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### Non-causal FIR filter in the feedback loop

I have a feedback loop with a transfer function $H(z) = \sum_{i=0}^{L-1} h(i) z^{-i}$. Is there a way to make this FIR filter non-causal? If it was a feed-forward filter, we could simply do so by ...
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### Stability of filters with negative phase delay, group delay, and positive phase

Lets assume I have an IIR filter with : bz = [1.0195 0 0]; az = [1 0.0166 0.0020]; fvtool(bz,az) The filter is stable as i can see. If you check the phase delay ...
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### Determining Causality and Time-Invariance of a system

Consider the following system: $$y(t-1)=\int_{-\infty}^\infty x(𝜏)u(𝜏-t) d𝜏$$ where $u(t)$ is the unit step function, which is zero for $t<0$ and equals $1$ for $t>0$. $(1)$ Is the system ...
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### impulse response of a causal LTI system

This is a difference equation to a causal LTI system: $y[n] = ay[n - 1] + x[n] - a^Nx[n - N]$ Where N is a positive integer. I need to determine the impulse response of the system, so I have the ...
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### Discrete Time Systems with cosine()

I am trying to see if y[n] = [cos(πn)]x[n] is casual, stable, linear and shift-invariant. I came up with the solution that it is not stable since it is not "...
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### Apply "non-causal" filter buffer-wise, a.k.a "soft real-time filtering"

I am dealing with digital filtering of signals, both offline and in real-time. Typical filtering purposes are highpass filter or bandpass filter. So far I worked on prerecorded signals (e.g. ...
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### Is there any new scientific capability to build non-causal filters in real world?

According to this post: In discrete-time systems, causality is a requirement only when processing (filtering) signals in real time; i.e. when the index nn corresponds to a physical time n×Tsn×...
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### When is a discrete time transfer function unrealizable?

I don't understand why the following makes sense: Given a second-order mass damper system in continuous time: $H(s) = \frac{1}{ms^{2}+cs}$ Its inverse $H^{-1}(s)$ is unrealizable as a transfer ...
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### System memory, causality, stability

im new into systems and im supposed to solve if the system has memory, us causal, linear, stationery, BIBO stable...The problem is i have never had experience with this type of system where the actual ...
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### Initial Rest Condition for LCCDE causal LTI systems

I am self studying Alan Opennheim's course Signals and Systems. I am a math major and have no background in EE. I understand that for a linear constant-coefficient difference equation (LCCDE) system ...