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Course-End Review

Part 1: Time Domain

Discrete-Time Signals and Systems
Signal processing is the study of signals and systems

Signal (n): A detectable physical quantity . . . by which messages or information

can be transmitted (Merriam-Webster)

Signals carry information

Speech signals transmit language via acoustic waves
Radar signals transmit the position and velocity of targets via electromagnetic waves
Electrophysiology signals transmit information about processes inside the body
Financial signals transmit information about events in the economy

Systems manipulate the information carried by signals

Discrete-Time Signals
Signals are (potentially infinitely-long) vectors that live in a vector space

Norm measures the strength of a signal x: kxk2 , kxk1 , kxk

The inner product hx, yi measures the similarity between two signals x and y

The Cauchy Schwarz Inequality calibrates inner product similarity measurements and enables
powerful ways and means to detect and classify signals

0 hx, yi kxk2 kyk2

Discrete-time sinusoids ejn are lovely but have two non-intuitive properties:
They alias
Most are not periodic

Discrete-Time Systems
Linear systems, time-invariant systems, linear time-invariant (LTI) systems

Linear systems are matrices that map an input vector to an output vector

LTI systems are characterized by their impulse response h

Infinite-length signals
LTI systems are (infinitely large) Toeplitz matrices
Convolution: y = h x

Finite-length/periodic signals
LTI systems are circulant matrices
Circular convolution: y = h ~ x

A system is BIBO stable if and only if its impulse response khk1 <

Summary of Summaries

Signals and systems are everywhere

The math is worth it!

Linear algebra is a key tool to understand how signals and systems work
Signals are vectors
Systems are matrices
Inner product and Cauchy Schwarz Inequality
Basis representations for signals

Programming environments like Matlab make signals and systems come alive

Whats Next?
Shift from studying signals and systems from a time domain perspective to a
frequency domain perspective (Part 2 of this course)

Fourier analysis: Represent signals and systems using sinusoids

Again, linear algebra plays a key role:

Signals: orthogonal bases

Systems: eigenvectors and eigenvalues of matrices

Frequency domain perspective is very useful for signal analysis and system design

See you in Part 2!

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Content layout and homework: Matthew Moravec, Shaoyi Su
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