# Questions tagged [power-spectral-density]

The Power Spectral Density (PSD) is the distribution of signal power over frequencies.

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### Variance of White Gaussian Noise

It could seem an easy question and without any doubts it is but I'm trying to calculate the variance of white Gaussian noise without any result. The power spectral density (PSD) of additive white ...
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### Why so many methods of computing PSD?

Welch's method has been my go-to algorithm for computing power spectral density (PSD) of evenly-sampled timeseries. I noticed that there are many other methods for computing PSD. For example, in ...
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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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### How do you calculate spectral flatness from an FFT?

Ok, the spectral flatness (also called Wiener entropy) is defined as the ratio of the geometric mean of a spectrum to its arithmetic mean. Wikipedia and other references say the power spectrum. Isn'...
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### What is the difference between PSD and squared magnitude of frequency spectrum?

The power spectrum of a signal can be calculated by taking the magnitude squared of its Fourier transform. Being an audio person, the signal of interest for me would be a time series. How does this ...
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### Difference between Power spectral density, spectral power and power ratios?

What 'exactly' is power spectral density for discrete signal? I was always under the assumption that taking the Fourier transform of the signal, and then the ratio of desired freq range magnitude over ...
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### Understanding the Windowing Method in PSD Calculation

I have some issues understanding the use of a window (it doesn't matter which one) to calculate the Power Spectral Density of a signal. For example say I want to use the hann window, with $N = 1024$,...
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### What should be the correct scaling for PSD calculation using $\tt fft$

I would to calculate the PSD of a signal using FFT however the result do not match with periodogram command. What did was as follow : ...
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### PSD (Power spectral density) explanation

I'm trying to understand how the PSD is calculated. I've looked in a few of my Communication Engineering textbooks but to no avail. I've also looked online. Wikipedia seems to have the best ...
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### Power spectral density vs. FFT bin magnitude

What's the difference between these? Both are measurements of some form of signal power, but surely there's some difference between the power they are measuring?
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### What is cross-spectral density- CSD?

I asked a question earlier but I didn't get any answer for it. So now I am simplifying it: what are Cross-Spectral Density (CSD) and Power-Spectral Sensity (PSD)? What is their application? How can I ...
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### Power spectral density vs Energy spectral density

I read the following on Wikipedia: Power spectral density: The above definition of energy spectral density is most suitable for transients, i.e., pulse-like signals, for which the Fourier ...
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### $|X(e^{jω})|^2$ - Power or Energy Density?

If $x(n)$ is an aperiodic signal and $X(e^{jω})$ its DTFT, then, what is $|X(e^{jω})|^2$? Power or Energy Spectral Density? My understanging of Fourier transforms so far tells me that its energy ...
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### Dividing Audio signals into Barks Bands

I want to apply the following steps in matlab 1) Read the audio data 2) Apply window function on that data 3) Apply fft on the result of window function 4) Make power spectrum of fft 5) divide ...
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### How do I modulate complex time domain signal to a carrier frequency?

I want to modulate a complex time domain signal to a carrier frequency 1880MHz but the sampling frequency is 30M which is smaller than Fs. I did upconversion using ...
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### Spectral density of modulated noise process

Suppose we have a noise process $F(t)$. Suppose $F$ is stationary and we know its autocorrelation function $$\rho_F(\tau) \equiv \langle F(0)F(\tau) \rangle$$ where the average is over realizations of ...
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### Is it only me or matlab's periodogram's function is confusing?

I am really confused with matlab's periodogram. First of all, it says in the documentation that its unit is "dB per unit frequency". What does that really mean? I just don't quite get it. Second of ...
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### What is the difference between the PSD and the Power Spectrum?

Can any one explain the difference in the amplitude between the two and what does each one represents? For example, when using the pwelch algorithm in MATLAB how ...
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### Properties of Up- and Downsampling

Given a gaussian white noise with mean 0 and $\sigma = 1$. I'm interested in the PSD (power spectral density), when the signal is plain up- or downsampled. No interpolation, no filtering nothing. ...
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### variance in the time domain versus variance in frequency domain

Hi All: I'm trying to better understand the connection between variance of a time series and the integral of the spectral density over all frequencies. Rather than going through all of the relations, ...
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### Is autospectrum the same as power spectrum density?

In my slides about signal processing, there is one that mentions the same thing as the beginning of this and this answer, namely that the Fourier transform of a signal, squared is the power spectrum ...
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### What is the relationship between the PSD of a continuous signal and the PSD of its periodically sampled one?

In Oppenheim's "discrete time signal processing", it says, How is the equation (10.65) derived? PS: you may try to derive it with Fourier transform of the original and the sampled signals. But i ...
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### Frequency magnitude distribution of noise

By the Wiener-Khinchin theorem, we have a straightforward way to calculate the power spectral density for stationary noise. If we know the bandwidth of a system, we can further calculate the variance ...
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### Average Power Spectral Density of PAM signals

I am reading through the PAM transmission scheme and about the power spectral density of the signals. Given that the Average Power Spectral Density of PAM Signals is:  \Phi_{ss}(f)=\Phi_{aa}\left(e^...
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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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### Segmenting a frequency series: do we need band-pass filtering?

I am trying to implement what's called the "second spectrum". Basically, you do this: Take a time series of length $N$. Divide it into $m$ segment, each of length $N'=N/m$. For each segment $m$, do a ...
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### White noise vs. delta pulse and Ultraviolet catastrofe

Everybody explains that white noise has all frequencies equally strong. But, this immediately means that Ultraviolet catastrofe inevitably happens if power > 0 stays constant at any frequency and, ...
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### What does PSD represent in the spatial domain?

People use FFT methods to analyze topographic features in the spatial domain, such that the signal varies over (x) rather than (t). If a PSD curve characterizes amplitude versus frequency of an ...
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### Finding the right measure to compare sound signals in the frequency domain

I am comparing the spectral contents of some sound signals with MATLAB. I have quite a few measures but wanted one that represents the centre of gravity of the spectrum. I used ...
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### PSD of sine wave

I'm learning some basic signal processing to use in my research. So I'm trying to understand the pwelch function in MATLAB to calculate the PSD. My understanding ...
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### A query on Power spectral density (PSD)

Say a narrow band signal $n(t)$ has Power Spectral Density (PSD) $S(f)$. If the signal $n(t)$ got multiplied by $\cos(2\pi Ft)$, then what will the PSD of resulting signal in terms of $S(f)$ be? Will ...
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### Spectral structure of sinusoidal model

Let us consider the following code: ...
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### Power Spectral Density of Digital Modulations

I want to simulate the power spectral densities of different modulations in MATLAB (without Simulink). Unfortunately I have only very basic understanding of signal processing, hence I struggle with ...
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### What assumptions should be used to invert spectrum into time domain data?

This question comes from a realistic problem that how to obtain a time domain wind pressure from known wind spectrum. Or similarly, gets rail surface curve from spatial rail spectrum. Obviously, ...
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### How to average coherences estimated using Welch's method in MATLAB

I'm trying to estimate the average coherence of discontinuous snippets of a signal in MATLAB. For Welch's spectrum estimates, the following works: ...
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### Decorrelating Stationary Colored Gaussian Noise — Effect On The Desired Signal

So given stationary colored gaussian noise $\mathbf{n}$, I know that I can decorrelate it by first finding it's autocorrelation $R_{nn}$ and performing $R^{-\frac{1}{2}}_{nn} \mathbf{n}$. In ...
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### Implementing Welch's method for Power Spectral Density

I want to implement Welch's method for PSD calculation in MATLAB. I do not want to use built in MATLAB cpsd function, such that I can change the FFT implementation ...
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### the demonstration that states that the FT of the ACF function is the square of the DTFT of the signal

I am following the book The Intuitive Guide to Fourier Analysis & Spectral Estimation with MATLAB. I am trying to selflearn the fourier analysis in matlab. I got lost in one passage in the ...
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### Where does the delta function come from if we derive autocorrelation directly?

I am reading a book "Creating Noise" written by Hollos & Hollos and have a question about the autocorrelation function of the Gaussain white noise when reading the following passage: From the ...
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### Root mean square bandwidth of a signal with flat spectrum

I am trying to derive a simple expression for root-mean-square bandwidth $B_{\rm rms}$ for a signal that has flat spectral density over its entire bandwidth $B$. The expression for the $B_{\rm rms}$ ...
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### PSD scaling due to the windowing

I am struggling with the following problem for a while: If I have signal of duration N and I apply window (assume rectangular window) of size M < N how will this influence PSD of that signal after ...
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### Oversampling while maintaining noise PSD

I'm designing a digital PID for control and stabilization of laser amplitude. The noise PSD of the laser intensity is around -140dB/Hz, and I want to servo that between DC and 100kHz. I think I've ...
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### Modified Periodogram function in MATLAB

Given below is a function written in MATLAB for computing the modified periodogram, taken from Hayes, Statistical Digital Signal Processing and Modeling ...
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### Phase difference between two sinuisoidal signal

Currently, I have two signals, the main components of both signals are 60Hz, but both also have weaker response at 180Hz + small amount of noise. As shown in the photo below, I want to find the phase ...
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### Apply band pass filter (BPF) before calculating the power of a signal (PSD)?

From my understanding PSD tries to give a good estimation on the power each frequency attributes to the overall signal power. If I am only interested in a frequency range \$(\omega_0 \leq \omega \leq ...
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### Generate time-domain random signal from PSD

Given an analytical description of the PSD, for example (MATLAB "pseudocode"): ...
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### Power spectrum estimate from FFT

I'm plotting the FFT power-spectrum of a signal in MATLAB. I uploaded the 8000 samples time-series signal in a text file here: http://wikisend.com/download/896484/signal.txt I'm using the following ...
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### How Does the RMS of White Noise Change with Sampling Frequency?

There is an analog system which includes the continuous-time linear equalizer (CTLE). With some .noise analysis the power-spectral density (PSD) of the noise in that system is provided. So let's not ...
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### Interpreting Auto correlation results

I used xcorr function in Matlab to compute the autocorrelation of my signal. I obtained a graph, which is shown below. How to interpret this? I read that autocorrelation helps in finding the patterns ...
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### Measuring amplitude of a spectral component

I'm trying to measure the amplitude of a spectral component in a signal. The component's frequency is always known beforehand. I take a given number of samples, apply the flattop window to reduce ...