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### Is $x(t) = \cos t + \sin\left(\frac{1}{2}t\right)$ a periodic signal?

Is $x(t) = \cos t + \sin\left(\frac{1}{2}t\right)$ a periodic signal? The answer provided by the book is different from my answer. Book says its not a periodic signal. Can you guys tell me why is it ...
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### Fourier transform artifacts

My starting point in what follows is a radially symmetric random field. Taking the Fourier transform of this (and plotting it in logarithm to highlight the patterns), I obtain the following image in ...
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### How can a signal be both periodic and random?

Do any examples of such signals exist where the signal is both periodic and random? Because as I see it, if a signal is periodic then the randomness kinda goes away because you know what the signal ...
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### Determination of periodicity in data and finding mean

I have to find whether there is any pattern (I mean periodicity or close to periodicity) and if there is, for one cycle i have to perform numerical integration to determine mean. In the first picture ...
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### Detecting Pattern from Signal Data by Gaussian Mixture Model?

I'm a machine learning newbie. I have sensor data which is generated by several sensors. The data is a series of 'time's. (it is not labeled, in other words, I cannot know which sensor generates ...
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### Usefulness of Matrix Notation for Linear Periodically Time Variant Transformations

I am quit puzzled about a notation I found in Gardner's 1986 book titled Introduction to Random Processes. It is in the chapter on Cyclostationary Processes at section 12.4 which pertains to Linear ...
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### Finding the fundamental frequency of a periodic signal

Suppose we have the signal $$x(t) = e^{j\omega_1 t} + e^{j\omega_2 t} + e^{j\omega_3 t},$$ where all the frequencies are rationally related (that is, the ratio of any pair of frequencies is a rational ...
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### What is the autocorrelation equivalent of the spectrogram called?

I'm very knowledgeable about the differences between the Fourier transform, and the autocorrelation; mainly that one converts the time domain to the frequency domain, and the other finds periodicities ...
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### Testing discrete data for periodicity

I have some data which looks roughly periodic - is there a nice way to measure this? This is an example I'm working on and I'd like a metric that I will be able to just threshold to give a decision ...
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### How do I find the fundamental period of the given signal?

I am having a problem in finding the fundamental period of the signal $x(t)$ given below: \begin{align} x(t) &= 2\cos\left(\frac 45 \pi t\right)\sin^2\left(\frac{16}{3} t\right)\\ &= 2\cos\...
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### Is the periodogram squared-magnitude DFT or squared-average DFT?

How is the periodogram defined? I have been searching the internet a lot, and I find two different definitions: periodogram is the squared magnitude of the DFT periodogram is the squared average of ...
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### Fourier transform with periodicity at the harmonic frequency

Let's suppose I have a signal $F(t)$ that is periodic, with two periodicities $P1$ and $P2$, with $P1>P2$ Suppose that I know the values of the two periodicities. Using the Fast Fourier transform ...
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### Very basic question about how we define frequency in signal processing

When talking about general periodic continuous-time signals for which $$x(t + T_0) = x(t)$$ where $T_0$ is the fundamental period we define the fundamental frequency $\omega_0$ as $\omega_0 = 2\pi/T_0$...
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### Periodicity of discrete time signal: $x\left [ n \right ] = \cos (\frac{\pi n^{2}}{8})$

I need to find the periodicity of the following signal: $$x\left [ n \right ] = \cos \left(\frac{\pi n^{2}}{8}\right)$$ Now I understand that the basic procedure to determine the periodicity is ...
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### Why must the angle contain $\pi$ for $\cos$ be periodic?

The $\cos(\frac{n}{6})$ is aperiodic, and $\cos(\frac{n\pi}{6})$ is periodic, why? What role does the $\pi$ play? By the way, $n$ must be integer I have seen this question,Why is cos(n/6) aperiodic? ...
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### Period of a continuous signal

So I have $$x_1=2 \cos(.6\sqrt\pi x+\pi/6)$$ and $$x_2= \sin(1.2\sqrt\pi x-\pi/3)$$ and need to find the period of $(x_1+x_2)^2$. Let $$a=.6\sqrt\pi x+\pi/6 ~~~\text{and} ~~~ b=1.2\sqrt\pi x-\pi/3$$ ...
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### Estimate “speed” of repeating signal pattern

I have a digitized signal containing a repeating pattern. One could call it periodic, but the time for one period is not constant. The "speed" with which the period is advanced can change over time. ...
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### How can I improve my fit of cosines to periodic data using Python?

I have a space-separated csv file containing a measurement. First column is the time of measurement, second column is the corresponding measured value, third column ...
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### How to Extract a Period of a Periodic Pulsed Signal?

I rercorded a sequence of zeros and ones which is repeated many times. However, the first and the last repetitions may not be complete because I have to start recording at a random time, so the ...
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### Looking for cycles of periods longer than the input signal length

There was a similar question asked here, however I would like to focus on some specifics of this problem. Let me present the Python code sample to illustrate the situation when only a part of the ...
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### finding period with autocorrelation is not correct

I have recorded a signal, which I know is periodic (apart from noise). The period length is unknown. I want to extract the last period from the signal. Before going to a noisy signal, I first tested ...
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### Confused about the period of a discretised time-series

I have managed to confuse myself about the periods of discretised time series. It is all rather embarrassing. This is one period extracted from my continuous signal (radians on y, time on x): To ...