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Computationally Efficient Scale Covariant Time-Frequency Distributions

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20092009:204351

Received: 3 October 2008

Accepted: 3 February 2009

Published: 18 February 2009


Scale is a physical attribute of a signal which occurs in many natural settings. Time-frequency distributions (TFDs) belonging to Cohen's class are invariant to time and frequency shifts, but are not necessarily covariant to the time scalings of the signal. Conditions on the time-frequency kernel for yielding a scale covariant distribution have been previously derived (Cohen, 1995). In this paper, a new class of computationally efficient scale covariant distributions is introduced. These distributions are constructed using the eigendecomposition of time-frequency kernels (Burrus et al., 1997). The performance of this new class of distributions is illustrated with examples and is compared to conventional scale covariant distributions.

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA


© Selin Aviyente. 2009

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