# Questions tagged [fourier-transform]

The Fourier transform is a mathematical operation that decomposes a function into its constituent frequencies, known as a frequency spectrum.

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### Why is the Fourier transform so important?

Everyone discusses the Fourier transform when discussing signal processing. Why is it so important to signal processing and what does it tell us about the signal? Does it only apply to digital signal ...
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### What is the sparse Fourier transform?

MIT has been making a bit of noise lately about a new algorithm that is touted as a faster Fourier transform that works on particular kinds of signals, for instance: "Faster fourier transform named ...
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### What is the most lucid, intuitive explanation for the various FTs - CFT, DFT, DTFT and the Fourier Series?

Even after having studied these for quite sometime, I tend to forget (if I'm out of touch for a while) how they are related to each other and what each stands for (since they have such similar ...
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### Difference between discrete time fourier transform and discrete fourier transform

I have read many articles about DTFT and DFT but am not able to discern the difference between the two except for a few visible things like DTFT goes till infinity while DFT is only till N-1. Can ...
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### How to circularly shift a signal by a fraction of a sample?

The shift theorem says: Multiplying $x_n$ by a linear phase $e^{\frac{2\pi i}{N}n m}$ for some integer m corresponds to a circular shift of the output $X_k$: $X_k$ is replaced by $X_{k-m}$, where ...
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### Tips for improving pitch detection

I'm working on a simple web app that allows the user to tune his/her guitar. I'm a real beginner in signal processing, so please don't judge me too harshly if my question is inappropriate. So, I ...
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### Is the Laplace transform redundant?

The Laplace transform is a generalization of the Fourier transform since the Fourier transform is the Laplace transform for $s = j\omega$ (i.e. $s$ is a pure imaginary number = zero real part of $s$). ...
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### Inverse Short Time Fourier Transform algorithm described in words

I'm trying to conceptually understand what is happening when the forward and inverse Short Time Fourier Transforms (STFT) are applied to a discrete time-domain signal. I've found the classic paper by ...
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### How were windows originally conceived?

I am aware of the common types of windows, (Hamming, Hanning, Kaiser, Tukey, etc etc). However while many books describe them - almost none tell me just how exactly they were derived. What is so ...
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### What effect does a delay in the time domain have in the frequency domain?

If I have a signal that is time limited, say a sinusoid that only lasts for $T$ seconds, and I take the FFT of that signal, I see the frequency response. In the example this would be a spike at the ...
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### What's wrong with this code for tomographic reconstruction by the Fourier method?

I've been playing around with tomographic reconstruction algorithms recently. I already have nice working implementations of FBP, ART, a SIRT/SART-like iterative scheme and even using straight linear ...
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### FFT with asymmetric windowing?

Common non-rectangular window functions all seem to be symmetric. Is there ever a case when one would want to use a non-symmetric window function before an FFT? (Say if the data on one side of the ...
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### Why is the Fourier transform of a Dirac comb a Dirac comb?

This doesn't make sense to me, because the Heisenberg inequality states that $\Delta t\Delta \omega$ ~ 1. Therefore when you have something perfectly localized in time, you get something completely ...
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### Why real part of FFT converts image into rotation + original?

I have read this image: taken its FFT (2D) and then Inverse FFT to get exactly the image back. Code is provided for reference: ...
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### Discrete-time Fourier transform

I am a junior high school student who has a general fascination for electronics, programming, and the like. Recently, I have been learning about signal processing. Unfortunately, I haven't done much ...
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### Discrete-time Fourier Transform of the unit step sequence $u[n]$

From text books we know that the DTFT of $u[n]$ is given by $$U(\omega)=\pi\delta(\omega)+\frac{1}{1-e^{-j\omega}},\qquad -\pi\le\omega <\pi\tag{1}$$ However, I haven't seen a DSP textbook that ...
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### Choices of convention and notation for the Fourier transform?

The definitions of the Fourier transform and inverse Fourier transform I learned in college were $$F(j\omega) = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} f(t) e^{-j\omega t}\ dt$$  f(t)=\frac{1}{2\pi}\int_{-\...
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### Why does a longer observation time improve DFT resolution, but repeating a signal does not?

As was proven here: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/228614/why-doesnt-repeating-a-signal-give-rise-to-a-finer-resolution-of-dft-fft repeating a certain sequence does not improve DFT frequency ...
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### Fastest implementation of fft in C++?

I have a MATLAB program that uses fft and ifft a lot. Now I want to translate it to C++ for production. I used OpenCV but I ...
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### Where is the flaw in this derivation of the DTFT of the unit step sequence $u[n]$?

This question is related to this other question of mine where I ask for derivations of the discrete-time Fourier transform (DTFT) of the unit step sequence $u[n]$. During my search for derivations I ...
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### Recognizing math functions within songs

I'm new to DSP, and just discovered this StackExchange, so apologies if this isn't the right place to post this question. Is there a resource that describes genres in a more mathematical terms? For ...
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### Which transform most closely mimics the human auditory system?

The Fourier transform is commonly used for frequency analysis of sounds. However, it has some disadvantages when it comes to analyzing the human perception of sound. For example, its frequency bins ...
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### What exactly is a complex envelope?

I have seen this be mentioned a couple of times in some books I read, so I want to make sure. Is the complex envelope simply the summation of the real and quadrature components of a signal, whereby ...
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### Centering zero frequency for Discrete Fourier Transform

I am working on a image processing application which uses a discrete fourier transform to implement blurring/sharpening. The application is more or less working, but something about the mechanics is ...
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### What are the statistics of the discrete Fourier transform of white Gaussian noise?

Consider a white Gaussian noise signal $x \left( t \right)$. If we sample this signal and compute the discrete Fourier transform, what are the statistics of the resulting Fourier amplitudes?
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### Intuitive interpretation of Laplace transform

So I am getting to grasps with Fourier transforms. Intuitively now I definately understand what it does and will soon follow some classes on the mathematics (so the actual subject). But then I go on ...
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### Is the discrete Gaussian kernel an eigenfunction of the DFT?

So the Gaussian function is an eigenfunction of the Fourier transform because it transforms into itself, right? But this isn't true for the sampled Gaussian in the DFT because the tails of the ...
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### Real-Time Human Pitch Detection

I'm trying to implement a singing game that will analise raw mic input and tell the player how good is he singing. That needs to be done in real-time. I've come across a lot of threads asking the ...
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### Why is a negative exponent present in Fourier and Laplace transform?

could anyone explain why there is a need of negative exponent in fourier and laplace transform.I looked through the web but I couldn't get anything.Does anything happen if a positive exponent is ...
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### Slow Down Music Playing While Maintaining Frequency

Playing a piece of music audio at a slower speed would lower its pitch (frequency). Is there a tool and theory to slow down the song playing while keep the frequency the same? I suppose one can do ...
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### Can edge detection be done in the frequency domain?

Can we take advantage of the fact that high frequency components in the FFT of an image generally correspond to edges, to implement an edge detection algorithm in the fourier domain? I did try ...
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### What's the difference between the Gabor-Morlet wavelet transform and the constant-Q transform?

At a glance, the constant-Q fourier transform and the complex Gabor-Morlet wavelet transform seem the same. Both are time-frequency representations, based on constant-Q filters, windowed sinusoids, ...