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

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About Discrete Fourier Transform vs. Discrete Fourier Series

I am new to the field of signal processing. I am wondering what is the difference between DFS(Fourier Series) vs. DFT(Fourier Transform). For common applications, usually we get a segment(length <...
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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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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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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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Fourier transform 4 times = original function (from Bracewell book)

I was glancing through "The Fourier Transform & Its Applications" by Ronald Bracewell, which is a good intro book on Fourier Transforms. In it, he says that if you take the FT of a function 4 ...
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Image Processing and applicability of 2D Fourier Transform

As a newbie in the world of signal processing, I am having a hard time in appreciating image 2-D fourier transforms. I am fully able to appreciate the concept of 1-D Fourier transform. Essentially, ...
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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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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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Zero Padding of FFT

There are many question related to the zero padding a time domain signal to get more frequency bins after performing Fourier transform. As I understand this process is equivalent to trigonometric ...
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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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Difference between DC component and zero frequency component of signal

We know that Fourier Transform of a signal exists if it is absolutely integrable and it exists for periodic signals if impulse functions are allowed. If we consider the fourier transform of $\text{...
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what is the difference between $X(j\omega)$ and $X(\omega)$ notation

I am trying to understand Fourier Transform and Laplace Transform. What is the difference between $X(j\omega)$ and $X(\omega)$ notation? what is the meaning of $j\omega$ ? Is it represent frequency? ...
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Power Spectrum: Definition

I am new to the study of time series. Recently I have asked a question about the covariance of real and imaginary part of a real(in time domain) stochastic time series and I have received an answer ...
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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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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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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, ...
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Image Reconstruction:Phase vs. Magnitude

Figure 1.(c) shows the Test image reconstructed from MAGNITUDE spectrum only. We can say that the intensity values of LOW frequency pixels are comparatively more than HIGH frequency pixels. Figure 1.(...
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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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3D wiggle plot for an analytic signal: Heyser corkscrew/spiral

Just reading The Analytic Impulse, A. Duncan, 1988, I met the name "Heyser corkscrew" for the first time in my DSP life, for a 3D display of a cisoid or complex exponential $e^{i\omega }$ (often ...
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Confusion in CT Fourier Transform Proof

I am confused trying to understand the Proof of Fourier Transform from Oppenheim book Signals and Systems. I am pasting the equations directly from the book: $$\widetilde{x}(t)=\sum_{k=-\infty}^{+\...
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Relation between the DTFT and the spectrum of a sampled signal

In the $\rm DTFT$ (Discrete Time Fourier Transform) the spectrum is periodic with period of $2\pi$ . A continuous signal when sampled has a spectrum which is a repeated version of its original ...
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Discreteness and periodicity in Fourier transform

Why discreteness in time / frequency domain dictates periodicity in the other frequency / time domian? For example the DTFT is perodic in frequency? Why it doesn't contain all the frequencies? Why ...
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Aliasing after downsampling [duplicate]

Let me start with time domain representation of the original signal \begin{equation} x_n=\sum_{k=0}^{2N-1}X_ke^{j\frac{2\pi nk}{2N}} \end{equation} where $2N$ is number of time/frequency samples ...
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When can we write Heisenberg uncertainty Principle as a equality?

We know that Heisenberg uncertainty Principle states that $$\Delta f \Delta t \geq \frac{1}{4 \pi}.$$ But (in many case for Morlet wavelet) I have seen that they changed the inequality to an equality....
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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 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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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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why do we use $X(e^{j\omega})$ instead of $X(j\omega) $ in Discrete Time FT

I am studying DT-FT. But I cannot figure out why we use $X(e^{j\omega})$ instead of $ X(j\omega) $ in DT FT Thanks in advance..
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Does “keying on” a sine wave at a zero-crossing reduce its bandwidth?

I understand that a pure sine wave of infinite duration occupies no bandwidth, i.e. it is only the modulation of a carrier that gives it sidebands. Does the exact timing of a sudden modulation make ...
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Proof of complex conjugate symmetry property of DFT

According to the Proof : \begin{align} X_n &= \sum_{k=0}^{N-1}x_ke^{-j\frac{2\pi k n}{N}}\\ X_{N-n} &= \sum_{k=0}^{N-1}x_ke^{-j\frac{2\pi k (N-n)}{N}}\\ &=\sum_{k=0}^{N-1}x_k e^{-j 2\pi ...
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Applying Image Filtering (Circular Convolution) in Frequency Domain

To filter an image we can: Use a 3x3, 5x5, 7x7, etc. filter, that is convolve the image and the filter in the space domain. Use a FFT on both the image and the filter, multiply them together in the ...
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How to calculate the mean/center frequency of the spectrum?

Assume that the Fourier Transform of $x(t)$ is $X(j\omega)$. And I want to calculate the $\bar{\omega}$ which is the center freqency in the spectrum ( the highest). And a classmate tells me this ...
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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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Mathematically inclined Signal and Systems/Signal Processing book?

I'm an electronics engineering student with high inclination to analysis and pure mathematics. I was just wondering if there was any book ( or any resource ) that treats signal and systems and signal ...
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Why do we say that “zero-padding doesn't really increase frequency resolution”

Here is a sinusoid of frequency f = 236.4 Hz (it is 10 milliseconds long; it has N=441 points at sampling rate ...
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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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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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Fourier transform of exponent: Delta pulse or hyperbola?

Why do some tables say that Laplace (or Fourier?) inverse of exponential is a time-shifted delta pulse \begin{align} \delta (t) &\overset{\mathcal F}{\Longleftrightarrow} 1\\ \delta (t-t_0) &...
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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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How do I convert a real baseband signal to a complex baseband signal?

I have radio telescope observations that have resulted in two real-valued signals (corresponding to the right- and left-handed circular polarizations). The signals are sampled at rate $2B$, and ...
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Derive Frequency Representation of Impulse Train Function

I want to walk through the derivation of the frequency representation of an impulse train. The definition of the impulse train function with period $T$ and the frequency representation with sampling ...
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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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DFT of discrete signals, why do we only analyze frequency bins equal to number of input samples?

If we have a signal $x[n]$ such that we have $N$ samples i.e. $n=0, \ldots, N-1$, then when we analyze the DFT $X[k]$ we only analyze for $k=0,\dots,N-1$ as well. Why is the range of $k$ tied to the ...
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2-d circularly symmetric low-pass filter

For a square pixel grid, the ideal 2-d low-pass filter with a horizontal and a vertical cut-off angular frequency $\omega_c$ in radians has an impulse response (kernel) $h_{\small\square}(x, y)$ that ...
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A system that perfoms Fourier Transform operation - is it an LTI system?

If a system takes input as the time domain signal and outputs the frequency domain signal, is such a system an LTI system? For if the input time domain signal can be represented as a linear ...
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Frequency response of $\mathrm{sinc}[n]$

In this image the frequency response of a discrete time filter given as $h[n]$. Can someone explain how the magnitude of the frequency response is found ?
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How condition for existence of Fourier transform is valid?

The condition for Discrete time Fourier transform to exist for function $f(n)$ is given as $$\sum_{-\infty}^\infty |f(n)| < \infty.$$ In case of continuous Fourier transform the difference is ...
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Link between DFS, DFT, DTFT

My understanding of DFT is as follows For a signal $x[n]$ of finite-length, the DFT is DFS of the periodic extension, $\tilde{x}[n]$, of that signal $x[n]$ and also another way to view DFT is that it’...
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Conditions for symmetric and unimodal windows in both time and frequency domains

After a lecture on harmonic analysis and time/frequency methods, I reconsidered the Gaussian kernel, defined in continuous time. It is unimodal and symmetric, and its continuous Fourier transform is ...
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periodic spectrum?

I'm relatively new to signal processing, so please excuse me if this is a trivial question. Why is the spectrum of a frame of speech samples periodic? What is the meaning of a periodic spectrum? And ...