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A Multidelay Double-Talk Detector Combined with the MDF Adaptive Filter

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20032003:814263

  • Received: 31 July 2002
  • Published:


The multidelay block frequency-domain (MDF) adaptive filter is an excellent candidate for both acoustic and network echo cancellation. There is a need for a very good double-talk detector (DTD) to be combined efficiently with the MDF algorithm. Recently, a DTD based on a normalized cross-correlation vector was proposed and it was shown that this DTD performs much better than the Geigel algorithm and other DTDs based on the cross-correlation coefficient. In this paper, we show how to extend the definition of a normalized cross-correlation vector in the frequency domain for the general case where the block size of the Fourier transform is smaller than the length of the adaptive filter. The resulting DTD has an MDF structure, which makes it easy to implement, and a good fit with an echo canceler based on the MDF algorithm. We also analyze resource requirements (computational complexity and memory requirement) and compare the MDF algorithm with the normalized least mean square algorithm (NLMS) from this point of view.


  • adaptive filtering
  • frequency domain
  • double-talk detection
  • echo cancellation

Authors’ Affiliations

Université du Québec, INRS-EMT 800 de la Gauchetière Ouest, Suite 6900 Montréal, Québec, H5A 1K6, Canada
Agere Systems, 555 Union Boulevard, Allentown, PA 18109-3229, USA


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