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### What's the difference between $\mathbb{R}^2$ and the complex plane?

I haven't taken any complex analysis course yet, but now I have this question that relates to it. Let's have a look at a very simple example. Suppose $x,y$ and $z$ are the Cartesian coordinates and ...
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### Looking for a Calculus Textbook

I want to start signal processing and I need a book that satisfies my mathematical requirements: I am in the third grade of high school and I don't know any useful thing about limit, differential, ... ...
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### How do I exactly project a vector onto a subspace?

I am trying to understand how - exactly - I go about projecting a vector onto a subspace. Now, I know enough about linear algebra to know about projections, dot products, spans, etc etc, so I am not ...
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### How can I interpret “energy” in signals?

I am learning about various signal processing methods in my university course, and I can't seem to grasp what 'energy' in signals represent. I mean, I know that it is the integral of the absolute ...
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### Rapid approximation of $\tanh(x)$

This is kind of a signal processing/programming/mathematics crossover question. At the moment it seems more math-related to me, but if the moderators feel it belongs elsewhere please feel free to ...
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### Describing a Wave

I have this wave in front of me, and I am to describe this into a math description such as its function that is equivalent to representing this wave. I have no idea how to start and could use some ...
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### Combining bins of FFT ouput

I was trying to combine output of a $2n$ point Real FFT to generate custom FFT bins. For example the FFT generates components at equally spaced frequencies $f_0,f_1,f_2 ...f_{n-1}$ $f_0$ = ...
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### Complex filter factorizations - continued

Continuing from this rather silly trivial question factoring real valued filters into shorter complex ones, hoping this won't be as trivial. If we modify it a bit: $$z_0 = e^{2\pi i / 8}$$ and ...
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### Kolmogorov-Zurbenko filter - Calculation of coefficients

I'm currently researching the Kolmogorov-Zurbenko filter and trying to implement it myself as a way to smooth one-dimensional signal strength values. The basic filter per se is pretty easy to ...
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### Zero-padding data for FFT

If I take a discrete Fourier transform of $\{ c_1, c_2, \ldots, c_n\}$ where $n$ is prime, I am rather limited in the FFT algorithms available to me and their performance. Additionally, having ...
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### Derivative of a random variable w.r.t. a deterministic variable

I'm reading about time series and I thought of this procedure: can you differentiate a function containing a random variable. For example: $f(t) = a t + b + \epsilon$ where $\epsilon \sim N(0,1)$. ...
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### Fourier transform of a certain equality / discrete time Fourier transform of Dirac delta?

This comes from Stephane Mallat's Wavelet Tour text; however, I will phrase my question independently of it. I apologize that this is sort of long-winded. We have a function $f$ which satisfies the ...
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### Detecting periodicity in point processes

I have data from a periodic one dimensional point process representing the times of events which is also mixed in with lots of data that I regard as noise. The total number of points is of order one ...
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### What is the inverse z transform of 1/(z-1)^2?

I'd like to know how to calculate the inverse z transform of $\frac{1}{(z-1)^2}$ and the general case $\frac{1}{(z-a)^2}$
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### What is boxcar averaging?

This is an application in signal processing but what I don't understand is how it's done algorithmically. I've seen some stuff online but most of it is just pictures. I would like an example on some ...
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### Help in understanding a coding technique based on inverse mapping of a dynamical system

Based on paper titled : Simultaneous Arithmetic Coding and Encryption Using Chaotic Maps by Kwok-Wo Wong et. al The Authors use a non-linear dynamical system for generating keys to be used in ...
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### Is the sum of all cross-correlation samples representative of target existence likelihood?

Answers to this question take the peak in the cross correlation as the measure to the likelihood of the trigger signal exist in the received signal - this is pretty much text book. My question is ...
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### Given the probability distribution of X, whats the PDF of X²?

Let's say we have a random variable $X$ with a certain probability density function $f_x(x)$. 1) How should I find out the PDF of the random variable $X^2$? Problem background: $X_1 = s_1 + W$, ...
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### MATLAB interpretation of Xcorr2 - Cross Correlation function

I have two vectors of matching lengths. They are readings from two different sensors (one is from a smartphone and the other is from a wiimote) of the same hand movement. I am trying to find the time ...