# 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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### 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 don't judge too hard if my question is inappropriate. So, I managed to get ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### How do you measure “detail” of a signal?

I have an image and I would like to measure the amount of detail in it. Another way to look at it is to measure how blurry an image is. One way is to analyse the high frequency components in the ...
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### “The Fourier transform cannot measure two phases at the same frequency.” Why not?

I have read that the Fourier transform cannot distinguish components with the same frequency but different phase. For example, in Mathoverflow, or xrayphysics, where I got the title of my question ...
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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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### Extracting frequencies from FFT

I performed 512 point FFT on a signal. I got another set of 512 Numbers. I understand that those numbers represent amplitude of the various sine and cosine waves having different frequencies. If my ...
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### Intuitive explanation of cross-correlation in frequency domain

According to the cross-correlation theorem : the cross-correlation between two signals is equal to the product of fourier transform of one signal multiplied by complex conjugate of fourier transform ...
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### When to use the DTFT vs the DFT (and their inverses) in analysis?

In many of my readings, whenever some author speaks about working in the frequency (transform) domain (of a digital signal), they often times take the DFT, or the DTFT, (and of course their ...
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### What is the $\mathcal Z$-transform of Bessel function $J_0(\alpha n)$ sequence

What is the $\mathcal Z$-transform of the sequence $J_0(\alpha n)$ for $n \in \mathbb{Z}$? The Fourier transform of zero$^{\rm th}$ order Bessel function $J_0(\alpha x)$ is known to be \$\frac{2}{\...
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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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### Why Do I Get This Crackling Noise on Zeroing out the High Frequencies?

I recently started playing with the Fourier transform (after spending a few weeks learning about the mathematics behind it). I decided to try hacking together a low-pass filter on the following sound ...