# Questions tagged [linear-systems]

A linear system operates on inputs with only linear operators so the response to a complex input can be analysed as the sum of the response to a set of simpler inputs. This mathematical property makes the analysis of linear systems much simpler than non-linear systems where this summation or superposition does not hold. Linear systems are generally further classified as time invariant, meaning that there characteristics do not change over time.

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### How does one describe the “frequency response” of a mixer?

Suppose one uses a vector network analyzer to measure the $S_{21}$ parameter of an RF mixer over a frequency range. Would it be appropriate to call this the “frequency response” of the mixer? I find ...
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### What does this notation $g(x) = S\{\delta(t) \}(x)$ mean?

What does this notation mean $g(x) = S\{\delta(t) \}(x)$ mean, where $S$ is a "system", $\delta(t)$ is the impulse function and $g(x)$ the output function of the system? I am really not familiar with ...
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### Causal unstable system turn into stable anticausal?

I would appreciate it very much if someone would be able to provide some clarity, help or comment on this problem. I have been reading several papers on time series identification such as https://www....
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### Acoustic Echo Cancellation

I have the following diagram for acoustic echo cancellation I'm having a hard time figuring out what's present on the top and bottom lines in terms of reflected echos, original signal etc. Here's ...
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### Understanding linear predictive coding in MATLAB

I want to test my understanding of linear prediction by running it on some test data in MATLAB. The way I understand it is if I have some data that is correlated, I can encode the signal with linear ...
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### How do you determine the properties of a differential equation?

If I was given a differential equation of the form $$y'(t) + a(t)y(t) = x(t)$$ how would I be able to decide its linearity, time-invariance, and causality?
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### How to find the coefficients of the following differential equation

An arbitrary signal $v(t)$ pass through the following system, $w'(t) + 5 w(t) = v'''(t) + 320v''(t) + 40 v' (t) + 40v(t)$ How to determine the coefficients of the following differential equation, ...
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### Add echo as described by difference equation to audio signal (in MATLAB) [closed]

A simple linear system is echo. It can be described by equation $$y[n] = x[n]+ k\,x[n−d],$$ where $n$ represents sample index, $k$ represents an attenuation coefficient, and $d$ represents time lag....
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### Finding the component vectors for a grid of points

I have a 2d 'grid' of xy points (2000 of them). I want to find the average vector between points I have drawn the vectors on the graph, how do I find these vectors mathematically? I want to find the ...
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### Intuition behind commutativity of convolution in LTI systems

Why is convolution commutative, as it seems to treat two signals in a different way in an LTI system? If you imagine $y[n] = x[n] \star h[n]$ with $x[n]$ being an input signal and $h[n]$ being the ...
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### MIT exercise 6.003 HW2 - Concept of system initially at rest

I am following the MIT open course you can find here. My question is about one of the exercises given as homework in the latter and more specifically I think I am missing something on the concept of "...
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### How to implement the RLS for matrices

I need to implement the RLS algorithm but it's for matrices instead for vectors, I have made the below code, but still something wrong is not working well, EDIT: The code should be done as below, ...
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### Check whether a given equation is linear

$a = (x, y) \in \mathbb{Z}^2$ is given as a pixel. My equation in which $g$ is image(matrix) is defined as, $f(x, y) = 56g(x,y)+93g(x−1,y)+92g(x+1, y)−57g(x, y−1)+555g(x, y+1)$ How can we know ...
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### System that has derivative of input is non causal

Consider a system $y(t) = \dot{x}(t)$ where $y$ is the output and $x$ is the input. Given an initial condition $x_0$ and two inputs $x_1$ and $x_2$ such that $$x_1(t)=x_2(t) , 0 \le t < t_0$$ the ...
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### Block Diagram for a difference equation

I have this little doubt regarding how to draw a block diagram representation of a difference equation. Let us implement $y(n) = ay(n-3) + by(n-2)+cy(n-1) + x(n)$ in block diagram where $a, b, c$ are ...
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### Signals and Systems - LTI - Transforms - Impulse Response

I have $x(t)-> LTI -> y(t)$ where $LTI=h(t),H(jw)$. and $H(jw)=ab/((a+jw)(b+jw))$ where a and B are real numbers. I am wanting to find the impulse response $h(t)$ as well as the input/...
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### 3-tap FIR filter: simple expression for $H(e^{j\omega})$ using trigonometric identities

We have a linear time-invariant system described by the input-output relation $$y[n] = x[n] + 2x[n - 1] + x[n - 2]$$ Below is my approach to analyze this system. The impulse response of this system ...
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### How to find the impulse response of this system with complex roots?

I've been working trying to analyze a causal stable system. Hopefully a numeric example such as the one I am working on, and the problems I face during it could be useful to others. I have this ...
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### How to find the difference equation directly from Direct Form II signal flow graph

I am trying to solve for the difference equation of the following signal flow graph: I am aware that Direct Form II can be converted to Direct Form I, which finding the difference equation directly ...
I am given the following system and I am checking the additive property: $$y(t)=x(e^t)$$ where $y(t)$ is the output and $x(t)$ is the input given to the system. Now this is what I did so far: \...
Suppose I have an system $y(t) = t^{2}x(t)$. The impulse response of this system would be: $h(t) = t^{2} \delta(t)$. Since $\delta(t) = 0$ for $t \neq 0 , h(t) = 0$ for $t \neq 0$. And at $t=0, h(... 1answer 121 views ### classify the system if it's linear , non-linear , time variants or invariants [closed] classify the system if it's linear , non-linear , time variants or invariants 2answers 142 views ### Conversion from stationarity to non-stationarity Is there any way to convert a non-stationary signal to a stationary one, perform operations on it meant for a stationary signal and then convert it back to the non-stationary one? 2answers 588 views ### What does it mean for a function to have frequencies? In a lecture, my professor mentioned that$\cos$has two frequencies. I see that using the inverse Euler's formula we can express$\cos$as a some linear combination of complex exponentials, each with ... 3answers 317 views ### Question on Wiener Filtering I have read that a Wiener filter is a filter used to produce an estimate of a desired or target random process by linear time-invariant (LTI) filtering of an observed noisy process. Now, my doubt ... 1answer 220 views ### Linear combination of DT unit impulse Came across this example in class but I'm not sure how the expression$x(n)$was derived. 1answer 47 views ### Transfer function of open loop system Suppose i have the system equation$Y(s) = G(s)X(s)+ 3T(s)$Then what is the transfer function of the system? I know that the transfer function is$Y(s)/X(s)$, but i can't get that expression. 1answer 107 views ### Damped Harmonic Oscillation as an LTI The goal is to create an LTI filter which is exactly, or approximates, damping of harmonic modes. The equation of course is: $$\frac{d^2 x}{dt^2} + 2 \xi \omega \frac{dx}{dt}+\omega^2x=0$$ This can ... 3answers 165 views ### Discrete State Space Model - Why Are We Calculating$ x \left[ k + 1 \right] $Instead of$ \dot{\boldsymbol{x}} \left( t \right) \$?
A continuous state space model is defined as follows. $$\dot{\boldsymbol{x}}(t) = A \boldsymbol{x}(t)+ B \boldsymbol{u}(t) \\ \boldsymbol{y}(t)= C \boldsymbol{x}(t)+ D \boldsymbol{u}(t)$$ If we ...