# Questions tagged [smoothing]

Smoothing a signal or data set approximates the data to reveal patterns and exclude noise, fine-scale structure and rapid changing phenomina.

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### Is there a technical term for this simple method of smoothing out a signal?

Firstly, I am new to DSP and have no real education in it, but I am developing an audio visualization program and I am representing an FFT array as vertical bars as in a typical frequency spectrum ...
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### Bag of Tricks for Denoising Signals While Maintaining Sharp Transitions

I know this is signal dependent, but when facing a new noisy signal what is your bag of tricks for trying to denoise a signal while maintaining sharp transitions (e.g. so any sort of simple averaging, ...
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### Savitzky-Golay smoothing filter for not equally spaced data

I have a signal that is measured at 100Hz and I need to apply the Savitzky-Golay smoothing filter on this signal. However, on closer inspection my signal is not measured at perfectly constant rate, ...
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### Savitzky–Golay filter vs. IIR or FIR linear filter

A traditional IIR / FIR filter (lowpass to remove the high freq oscillations), e.g. moving average, or a Savitzky-Golay filter can all be useful to smoothen a signal, such as an envelope signal: ...
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### Savitzky-Golay filter parameters

I am trying to smooth a series of data in order to obtain a continuous function that could represent that given data set. It came out that the Savitzky-Golay method could be a good way. Now, I don't ...
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### “Ensemble averaging … cannot track dynamic changes”?

A book claims this as a motivation for introducing exponential averaging: A disadvantage of ensemble averaging is that the resulting estimate cannot track dynamic changes occurring in the observed ...
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### Make a signal that fits another the best possible with a limitation in the 2nd derivative

Consider this step function: The signal that "fits" this should look like the following (in green): The corners are now smooth because the maximum second derivative allowed is not infinite anymore. ...
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### A Simple Algorithm to Filter / Smooth / Denoise a Noisy Staircase Graph

Is there a way to remove the noise and smooth the graph into a staircase graph.
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### $1/n$ octave complex smoothing

An excellent answer to this post explains how to do $1/n$ octave energy smoothing and mentions complex smoothing can be done as well, but it's tricky business because of phase wrapping. How is phase ...
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### Issues with the smoothing operator in coherence estimation using the complex Morlet (Gabor) wavelet

The goal I wish to compute the coherence estimate using the continuous wavelet transform (CWT) of a real-valued signal with the complex Morlet (a.k.a. Gabor) wavelet. I compute the cwt of the signal ...
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### What are the characteristics of a “good” smoothing convolution kernel?

At work we were smoothing a signal by convolving with either f1=[0.2000 0.2000 0.2000 0.2000 0.2000] or ...
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### Fitting piecewise splines to noisy data

I have a system that gives me a noisy data set similar to the one generated by this matlab/octave code. The y-axis represents the signal intensity and the x-axis represents spatial distance. ...
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### How to decide whether to use AR or MA for smoothing data?

Imagine I've got some offline data that I want to smooth. I could use an auto-regressive or moving-average filter of some appropriate order for conducting the smoothing. On which criteria should I ...
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### How does this “simple filter” work?

I'm new to DSP, and I'm using this basic "1-pole LPF" Param Smooth filter which "smooth" param when I change it. The code is pretty simple: ...
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### When should the sum of all elements of a gaussian kernel be zero?

I found an approximation of a 5x5 2D convolution kernel like this : Here, the sum of the elements is zero and this one was used for Laplacian of Gaussian! Another one here : This one has all ...
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### Derivative of noisy signal

My input signal is phase vector. I want to differentiate it to get frequency vector. My input signal is somewhat noisy. Here is the input signal. This is the derivative of the input signal as ...
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### How to remove the boundary effects arising due to zero padding in scipy/numpy fft?

I have made a python code to smoothen a given signal using the Weierstrass transform, which is basically the convolution of a normalised gaussian with a signal. The code is as follows: ...
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### Reversing the Order of Operators for Edge Detection?

Usually, for edge detection, we perform smoothing and then pass it through difference filter. What if application of difference filter happens first and then smoothing. How the math behind the same ...
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### Noise Removal from an Image Using OpenCV (Comparison to Neat Image)

I tried removing noise from the image shown below using Median Blur in OpenCV. But i'm not able to remove the colour noise completely as it is done in Neat Image. Any suggestions.? 1. Original Input ...
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### Smooth 2D Data with Discontinuous and Artificial Jumps

I have some data $(X,Y,Z)$, which is a set of measurements $Z$ over a $2D$ space $X$,$Y$. The $Z$ data on this space is continuous except for some discontinuous jumps in certain domains of $X$,$Y$ (...
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### How can I smoothly interpolate between 2 position?

I've got a 1D signal (position of a servo motor over time) and I've extracted 'peaks'/'key' positions picking running average "local extrema" points. Below is are 2 plots from 2 servos and the white ...
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### Effect of Gaussian Blur on Different Frequency Components of an Image

Gaussian blur is lowpass filter which means it pass the low frequency components and stop the high frequency component but the point I am not getting is that if it is lowpass filter then how it is ...
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### detect to rising, stable and falling point in non-smooth rectangular wave

I am working on basic signal processing problems in MATLAB. I have found a signal from the internet (i don't remember the site exactly). The data is organized in column wise. 1st and 2nd column is ...
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### Smoothing a staircase

I have some data from a position encoder, so naturally i want to estimate its speed. However, the data is very quantized, so it's difficult to smooth enough to differentiate easily: Each step level ...
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### Convolution for non-signal-processing background

I am a civil engineer and am analyzing traffic data recorded by capturing vehicle movements over a highway for a specified time period. The database I am dealing with contains observations at every 0....
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### Find smoothed first derivative from signal with noisy slope

How can I get filtered first derivative from a noisy signal that has slowly changing slope in form of y=kx+b? k can slowly ...
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### How do I smooth this noisy signal?

I have a numerical solution to a problem in mechanics. I am computing the force applied to an object as a function of its deformation and in the problem, there is an instability, due to which the ...
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### Chromatogram peak detection - bunching vs others?

Reading presentations from existing tool providers I noticed that in order to detect peaks they first use bunching (average N points) and then use slope and curvature to detect peaks. I'm guessing ...
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### Smoothing a power spectrum

My question is regarding how one could/should smooth a rather noisy power spectrum obtained from measurements. There are various methods one can use (a moving average, binning, etc) and I am not sure ...
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### Gaussian Pyramid - How is Subsampling Rate Related to Sigma?

I found a gaussian pyramid implementation in a MOPS paper (feature detection). They use sampling rate $s=2$ and $\sigma=1$ - i.e. to generate a new level of the pyramid, the current level is smoothed ...
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### Filtering data so that only rising edge is left

I have data that looks like this: Sometimes the data has a higher point in the middle of the shallow slope I want to find a way to filter the data such that it smooths it and leaves the first rising ...
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### How to apply Hamming Window?

I am new in matlab and signal processing. The time series that have been used are obtained from accelerometer in a building. As far as I understand both the time series' length and window function ...
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### Generating smoothed versions of square wave, triangular, etc

I'm trying to get functions depicting smoothed out versions of wave forms(triangle,square, sawtooth, reverse sawtooth) which have the same amplitude and frequency as $cos(x)$. I found a few ...
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### How to append two bandlimited signals and make the result bandlimited without modifying the first signal

I need to append (not add) a bandlimited signal F(b) to a bandlimited signal F(a) and keep the result bandlimited without modifying the part that corresponds to F(a). Both are bandlimited to the same ...