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### Is there a relation between an analytic signal (signal processing) and an analytic function (complex analysis)?

In signal processing, we define an analytic signal as a complex-valued signal which has no frequency components for $\omega<0$. It can be shown that the real part and the imaginary part of an ...
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### Causal system and Physical Systems

According to the Paley-Wiener criterion, a system is causal if satisfies: $$\int\limits_{-\infty }^{+\infty }{\frac{\ln (|H(f)|)}{1+{{f}^{2}}}}df<\infty$$ So I want to know This equation is ...
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### Why can't a causal digital filter have an infinitely sharp transition between the passband and the stopband?

In DSP book by Proakis and as well as in this pdf, it is mentioned that practical causal digital filters cannot have an infinitely sharp transition from Pass-band to Stop-band. Why is it so? Can you ...
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### Are allpass filters maximum-phase systems?

There are few notes online stating that an all-pass filter is a maximum phase filter (e.g., Link). The core of the claim is that an all-pass filter is a maximum phase filter since its zeros are ...
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### Does "improper" imply that a system cannot be stable and causal?

This answer and the comments in it made me wonder whether the following statement is true: If a transfer function is improper, then that system cannot be causal and stable at the same time. I had ...
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### What are the properties of continuous-time improper systems?

I am trying to better understand the properties of improper systems $H(s) = \frac{b(s)}{a(s)}$, for which the order of the numerator $b(s)$ is greater than the order of the denominator $a(s)$ (in the ...
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### Are the output functions of a continuous-time LTI system necessarily continuous (in the calculus sense) for any given input functions?

Are the output functions of a continuous-time LTI system necessarily continuous (in the calculus sense) for any given input functions? I had this question when I saw this claim in my textbook: for ...
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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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### Why does causality imply that the system function is analytic?

It is cited in multiple places that the fact that a filter is causal (i.e. the impulse response is zero for t < 0) implies that the system function is analytical. I couldn't find any proof of this, ...
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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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### Two real time signals convolving

This might be a stupid question but is it possible to convolve two real-time signals together? I know that generally for running convolution you have the IR and the block of the real time signal and ...
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### Proof of Paley-Wiener criterion for causality

The Paley-Wiener criterion for causality is that $\displaystyle\int_{\mathbb{R}}\frac{A(\omega)}{1 + \omega^2}\mathrm{d}\omega$ exists and is finite, where $A(\omega) = \left|\mathcal{F}[f]\right|$ is ...
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### Non-causality of fractional delays

Given a physical system (e.g., loudspeaker and microphone) with DA and AD converters. Playing a single pulse from the loudspeaker, I will most likely receive the pulse at the microphone with a ...
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### Why are anticausal systems even defined?

I guess the same question is usually asked for complex numbers too, but the fact is that complex numbers are used all the time practically. However, at least on a quick google search, I couldn't find ...
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### How can an impulse generate an output in the past time frame?

I am studying signal processing and currently doing signals & systems. While going through convolution and especially the impulse response , there are problems where LTI systems wherein the input ...
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### Why is $y(t)=x(t/2)$ a non-causal system?

I was going through my signal and system notes.they say $y(t)=x(t/2)$ is a non causal system? As non causal system depend on future inputs. how $t=t/2$ is future value of time? i could not understand ...
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### In the context of transfer functions, what is the relationship between the terms "proper", "causal", and "realizable"?

I am thinking about these terms in the context of linear control. A transfer function is proper if the degree of the numerator is not greater than the degree of the denominator. I've read often that ...
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### causality of the system $y[n] = x(2n)$

Can somebody please tell me why the system $y[n] = x(2n)$ is non-causal ? I know that causal systems depend on the past and present values of input and this system satisfies the condition. So why is ...
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### For a system to be causal, number of finite zeros <= number of finite poles. Why?

I read in this pdf that for a system to be causal, the number of finite zeros must be no greater than number of finite poles. Why? I know that for a system to be causal, $h[n]=0$ for all $n<0$. ...
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### whether the system is linear or not for the given problem

Given the system: $$y(t)=x(t+1)+x(t−1)$$ is the system linear? For a system to be a linear first it should satisfy zero input and zero output. How can we calculate output at 0 input if the system ...
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### Does the Kramer-Kronig relations apply to this example $f(t) =\left(1-t^2\right)^4\cdot\theta(1-t^2)$?

Does the Kramer-Kronig relations apply to this example $f(t) =\left(1-t^2\right)^4\cdot\theta(1-t^2)$? with $\theta(t)$ is the Heaviside step function. I made a detailed related question here with ...
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### Definition of minimum-phase system

I saw a couple of definitions for minimum-phase in different textbooks and I'm trying to understand what the implication of each of them. The first definition I saw was: An invertible system which ...
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### Classification of a system

I am preparing for an examination and have a study guide that I feel has a couple of errors. The questions concern the classification of discrete time dynamical system. Here are the problems that I am ...
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### How/why is the relative degree of a transfer function related to the causality of the system it represents?

A transfer function can be classified as strictly proper, proper or improper depending on its relative degree, i.e. the difference between the degree of the polynomial in the denominator and the ...
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### On the stability and causality of a discrete system

On MIT's open course a simple exercise with two questions is given. On the first part, they question about the properties of the following discrete system: $$y[n]=x[n]+0.5y[n−1]−2y[n−2]$$ The ...
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### Initial rest condition for the linear constant-coefficient differential equations

Suppose that system has the input/output relation as follows $$\sum_{k=0}^{N}a_k \frac{d^ky(t)}{dt^k} = \sum_{k=0}^{M}b_k \frac{d^kx(t)}{dt^k}$$ Where $a_k, b_k \in \mathbb{R}$. Obviously we need ...
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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 ...
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### Precursor ISI - causality violation?

Today, in my lecture on intersymbol interference (ISI), there was a discussion on postcursor ISI, and precursor ISI. Postcursor ISI is caused by the past bits, whereas, precursor ISI is caused by the ...
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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 the filter $1/(1-s)$ anti-causal?

The filter with the response function $$H(s) = \frac{1}{1 - s}$$ Produces a positive phase shift and a negative group delay for all frequencies Is it anti-causal? Is there a way to deduce such ...
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### Z transform - Inverse System function - Why number of poles and zeros myst be equal?

I know that if a system is causal then the system function H(z) must have : a) a ROC that spans from the exterior of the most distant pole and b) the number of zeros must not be greater than the ...
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As far as I have grasped the concept, $$y[n] = \left( 2 x[n] - x^2[n] \right)^2$$ is a memoryless system because even if we give negative values of $n$, we still get the overall result in the ...