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Re: maximize crosscorrelation

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  • Subject: [mg125389] Re: maximize crosscorrelation
  • From: Bill Rowe <readnews at>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2012 04:08:09 -0500 (EST)
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On 3/10/12 at 6:16 AM, alexxx.magni at (alexxx) wrote:

>I have two similar signals s1 and s2, where one is shifted with
>respect to the other by an unknown amount. These signals are
>captured by an oscilloscope, so you can represent them as arrays of
>{t,v} time and voltage values.

>I always knew that the theory says in such cases you have to
>maximize the selfcorrelation between the two signals, but I never
>used it until now.

>(BTW I was surprised to find that Mathematica had it as a standalone
>function, but doesnt provide it anymore)

>Anyway, 1st thing since crosscorr requires integration I defined the
>interpolation functions f1= Interpolation[v1];  f2=

For discrete data the function you want is ListCorrelate. For example,

First generate a "signal" and the same signal with an offset:

x = RandomReal[1, {20}];
y = RotateLeft[x, 5];

Now find the offset by:

In[12]:= Ordering[
  Flatten@Table[ListCorrelate[RotateLeft[x, n], y], {n, 20}], -1]

Out[12]= {5}

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