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# Analysis and Properties of Time-Varying Modified DFT Filter Banks

- Guangyu Wang
^{1}Email author, - Zufan Zhang
^{1}and - Qianbin Chen
^{1}

**2010**:342865

https://doi.org/10.1155/2010/342865

© Guangyu Wang et al. 2010

**Received:**24 September 2010**Accepted:**7 December 2010**Published:**15 December 2010

## Abstract

We provide a comprehensive analysis of the time-varying modified DFT (MDFT) filter bank based on the general time-varying filter bank theories (Wang, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009) in both the time domain and frequency domain. We give firstly the description of the time-invariant MDFT filter bank including its perfect reconstruction (PR) condition, its mechanism of aliasing error cancellation and the relationship with the cosine-modulated filter bank in detail. Then, the time-varying MDFT filter bank is analyzed according to the time-domain description. Finally, the window switching method is introduced to design the prototype filter in the time-varying MDFT filter bank with examples. The error analysis shows that the introduced design approach is useful in practice.

## Keywords

- Filter Bank
- Filter Coefficient
- Prototype Filter
- Synthesis Filter
- Aliasing Error

## 1. Introduction

Modified DFT filter banks (MDFT) and their applications are intensively studied in [1–5]. But all analyses are done in the frequency domain for the time-invariant modified DFT filter banks. In the literature, we do not find any works for the time-varying MDFT filter bank. Subband coding is a widely used method in the digital signal processing and the telecommunication areas, such as subband speech and audio coding [5–7], TDM-FDM multiplex [8], DSL communication [9], and subband adaptive filtering [10]. One of the important parts in a subband system is the analysis synthesis filter bank. The analysis filter bank is used to split the input frequency into the different subbands while the synthesis filter bank combines all subbands signals to generate a full band signal.

Among the different subband filter bank structures the modulated filter banks are most popular because of their easy design and efficient implementation. Historically, there are two classes of modulated filter banks, namely, DFT polyphase filter bank and cosine-modulated filter bank. DFT polyphase filter bank was first proposed by Bellangerr and Daguet [8]. DFT polyphase filter bank uses complex modulation. But, the original DFT polyphase filter bank does not provide the mechanism to cancel the adjacent spectrum aliasing. So, in some literatures, the DFT polyphase filter bank was considered as unsuitable for subband applications [11, 12], which also has negative effects on the further research of the DFT polyphase filter bank. To find a method to design the filter bank efficiently, in 1980s the QMF filter bank consisting of two channels and providing the almost perfect reconstruction was introduced. Later, the cosine-modulated filter banks with perfect reconstruction were introduced. Since the introduction, the cosine-modulated filter bank was widely studied and applied due to its perfect reconstruction property and the easy prototype window design with the closed formulation [12]. But, the closed prototype window formulation exists just in the case that the filter length is two times or four times of the channel length, which limits the application of the cosine-modulated filter bank. Without the closed formulation of prototype windows, it is difficult to design an applicable prototype window for a cosine-modulated filter bank to keep the perfect reconstruction property. In this case the cosine-modulated filter bank can only provide an almost perfect reconstruction similar with DFT polyphase filter bank.

In comparison with cosine-modulated filter banks, the DFT polyphase filter bank has advantages such as linear phase, complex-valued signal processing, and better frequency characteristics in each subband. Furthermore, its computational efficiency is comparable with cosine-modulated filter bank. So, if we can find an approach to efficiently cancel the aliasing error in the DFT polyphase filter bank, the DFT polyphase filter bank has good application possibilities in digital signal processing like speech and image processing. In 1990s, the good application prospects of the DFT polyphase filter bank motivate some researchers to find a mechanism to cancel the aliasing error in the DFT polyphase filter bank. In 1993, Fliege proposed an approach to cancel the aliasing error [1–3]. He called the modified filter bank as modified DFT filter bank (MDFT). The first application of the MDFT filter bank in low-rate speech coding is found in [5], where the MDFT filter bank is used in a 16 kbit/s speech coder and the simulation showed a good code performance.

The MDFT filter bank proposed by Fliege belongs to time-invariant QMF filter banks. The channel number and subband filters do not change with time. In speech, audio and image processing, the time-varying filter bank can be used to adjust the input signal properties in order to get better processing performance [6, 7, 9, 10]. In the past, we have done a systematic research for the general time-varying filter bank including time-varying cosine-modulated filter banks [13–15]. In this paper, we want to use the established time-varying filter bank theory to analyze the time-varying MDFT filter bank (TV-MDFT), and investigate the properties of the MDFT filter bank in the case that its filter coefficients change with time. We want to also study the prototype filter design for a linear time-varying MDFT filter bank. After instruction Section 2 provides the description of the MDFT filter bank and its mechanism of aliasing error cancellation in both the time and frequency domain. Section 3 analyzes the time-varying MDFT filter bank including its PR condition and the relationship with time-varying cosine-modulated filter bank. In Section 4, the design of the prototype window filter for TV-MDFT is discussed. The well-know window switching method used in time-varying cosine-modulated filter bank [13] will be used in the prototype window design for TV-MDFT. Section 5 summarizes the main results of the paper.

## 2. MDFT Filter Bank

In [1], the mechanism of the alias cancellation in MDFT filter banks is just described in the frequency domain. Furthermore, the description in [1] seems not to be easy to understand. Here, we try to provide a clear mathematical description of the principle for an MDFT filter bank in both frequency and time domain.

### 2.1. In the Frequency Domain

In order to cancel the aliasing errors in the filter band system showed in Figure 1 and achieve the perfect reconstruction, three key operations are introduced in the MDF filter banks [1].

Operation 1

Band limitation of the prototype filter to .

Operation 2

Separate each channel into two subchannels with two-step decimation plus interchanged real and imaginary operation.

Operation 3

Introduction of sample delays in real or imaginary part in each subchannel interchangeably.

Each of the three operations has its own contribution to alias cancellation in the MDF filter bank. The delay of the first subband will be done in the synthesis side, while the delay of the second subchannel in the analysis side. This is the key operation to cancel the adjacent aliasing spectrum.

The purpose of this condition is to limit the alias errors in the adjacent bands around the analysis subband. In the following, based on the defined condition and key operations we give the detailed analysis of the output-input relationship of an MDFT filter bank in the frequency domain and show how to use the above operations to cancel the alias components in the MDFT filter bank.

From (8), we can see that the contribution of the th channel to the output signal consists of three parts, the output through th channel , the alias component in th channel , and the alias component in the th channel .

Note that the sign factor is introduced by delays in the synthesis side. This sign factor is independent of real and imaginary operation. So, all first subchannels in Figure 1, no matter the real and imaginary parts, have the sign factor .

where there is no sign factor. In general, the second subchannel in Figure 1 has no sign factor.

In Figure 2, the component
describes the mirror spectrum (**M**) with respect to the original spectrum (**O**)
about the center frequency of the
th channel because
can be written as
, while
is equal to
. AO denotes the alias component due to the shift version of the original spectrum in the
th channel. AM denotes the alias component caused by the shift version of the mirror spectrum in the
th channel.

are the alias components coming from the imaginary subchannels in th and th subchannels, respectively. The sign factor is introduced because both imaginary subchannels belong to the second subchannel where the delays happen in the synthesis side. Up to now, we can better understand why the real and imaginary subchannels must be interchanged. This is exactly the requirement from alias cancellation.

which means that if the frequency response of the prototype filter is power complementary, we can get the reconstructed signal without distortion. From [16], we know that a linear phase FIR filter can only have two non-zero filter coefficients if the power complementary condition given in (23) must be at the same time satisfied. Such a linear phase FIR filter has worse frequency characteristics and is not useful. Another prototype window is introduced in [1], which is derived from an ideal transform function consisting of a square root raised-cosine function and satisfying the power complementary condition (23). But such a prototype window is infinite and noncausal. To make it useful, the truncation and time shift must be done on the prototype window. The finite prototype window is no more power complementary. So, in practice, the condition (23) needs to be given up by designing the prototype filter for an MDFT filter bank. However, it is possible to keep the amplitude distortion arbitrarily small by designing the prototype filter [2].

### 2.2. In the Time Domain

where is an infinite unit matrix. Together with (26), we have the following theorem.

Theorem 1.

### 2.3. Relationship with Cosine-Modulated Filter Bank

## 3. Design of MDFT Filter Bank

where **e** is the error vector. The design is an optimization process to find the filter coefficients in
at the minimal error point. This optimization needs a large computation efforts. So, it is not the first choice for the MDFT filter bank design.

## 4. Time-Varying MDFT Filter Bank

The general time-varying filter bank is studied in [14, 15]. In [13], the time-varying cosine-modulated filter bank is analyzed. The window switching methods are introduced to design the time-varying cosine-modulated filter bank. The MDFT filter bank is same as the cosine-modulated filter bank in that both filter banks are got through modulation of a prototype filter. The difference is that cosine-modulated filter banks use a cosine function as the modulation function while the modulator in the MDFT filter bank is complex valued. So, the window switching methods can also be used in design of MDFT filter banks. In the following, we give firstly the description of a time-varying MDFT filter bank with focus on an -channel time-varying filter bank. Then, the window switching methods are used to design the -channel time-varying filter bank.

### 4.1. Description of Time-Varying MDFT Filter Bank

The power complementary condition at each time index does not make sure that the time-varying MDFT filter bank has a PR property. We know that the convolution rule in a time-invariant system does not exist in a time-varying system [14]. So, the frequency-domain analysis method for the aliasing cancellation described in Section 2 cannot be used for analyzing the time-varying MDFT filter banks. The time-domain analysis method is more efficient for the time-varying filter bank analysis and design.

### 4.2. Design of Time-Varying MDFT Filter Banks

The basis of filter bank design is its PR condition. In the time-invariant case, we can use the power complementary condition (38) to design the time-invariant MDFT filter bank. But, the power complementary condition does not exist for the time-varying MDFT filter bank. So, the only useful design condition is the PR condition (52). The general design approach for a time-varying filter bank is introduced in [17]. In [17], the least squares (LS) solution is provided to calculate the synthesis filter coefficients in the transient period from one MDFT filter bank to another MDFT filter bank. But, the LS solution needs the calculation of the inverse matrix. In [13], a window switching method is introduced to design the time-varying cosine-modulated filter bank, where the prototype filter impulse response function or the prototype window function in the transient period is got through changing the pieces of window based on the prototype windows before and after changing at the time . The window switching method does not need any calculation. It is quite useful for the design of time-varying filter bank with modulation of the prototype filter because in such a filter bank system the filter coefficients are described by prototype filter. We just need to design the prototype window function at each time index . In the following, we give an example to describe how to design the time-varying MDFT filter bank using window switching methods.

It is clear that the definitions in (54)–(57) do not satisfy the condition (66). Therefore, a time-varying MDFT filter bank that has the prototype filter with limited length cannot be perfectly reconstructed. However, it is possible to get the small distortion using the window switching methods, which can be achieved through keeping the prototype window as soon as possible by switching the windows in the transient periods.

So, we say that the window switching design method can reduce the alias errors in the transition period than the direct switch.

The simulation is done in Matlab. The prototype filter coefficients are calculated according to (45) with roll-off factor and , respectively. The filter bank coefficients are attained using (27)–(30). The MDFT filter banks before time have prototype filter with roll-off factor 0.3. After time , the prototype filter of the MDFT filter banks has the roll-off factor .

Here, we have some remarks on the structure in matrices (70) and (71). The matrix
is the synthesis matrix, and the matrix
is the analysis matrix. In
all coefficients are coming from the MDFT filter bank at time
, which means that the synthesis filter bank does not need to be redesigned during the transition period. We need just to redesign the analysis filter banks. This can reduce the design complexity. Based on the principle of window switching methods, at time
the prototype window pieces in the first half part should be replaced by the prototype window in the second half part at time
. But this principle is a general principle. In the concrete application, we should make some adjustments. From Figure 3 we know that an MDFT filter bank consists of two filter banks with
sample delays of each other. The prototype window in the window matrix in Figure 7 has also
sample delays, which leads to that one piece of prototype window at time
is involved in the filter bank operation at time
. So, we need to replace
in (71) with
to make the matrix element
in (72) equal to **I**. Similarly, we need to replace
in (71) with
to make sure that the alias error
.

## 5. Conclusion

In this paper, we have analyzed the time-varying MDFT filter bank in detail in both frequency and time domain. The mechanism of the aliasing cancellation for the time-invariant MDFT is presented. The PR conditions for the time-varying and time-invariant MDFT filter banks are given. For the design of time-varying MDFT filter banks, we used the window switching methods. The example shows that the window switching method is simple and useful, in particular for the design of time-varying filter banks with modulation, such as time-modulated cosine filter bank and time-varying MDFT filter bank.

## Declarations

### Acknowledgment

This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 61071195).

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