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finding periodicity in a set

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  • Subject: [mg39250] finding periodicity in a set
  • From: Scott A Centoni <scentoni at>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2003 03:07:01 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

I have a list of coordinates where I want to find the period and offset 
(modulo the period).  To illustrate, let's create the fake data set

xlist = 0.202+1.618(0.001 Random[ ] + Range[3, 17])

I want a function that will return



_pace_ an error in the third decimal place.  Note that the order of the 
data in the list is irrelevant; it's to be considered a set, not a vector.

My first thought is to turn this into a sum of delta functions

xfunc = Plus@@(DiracDelta[x-#]&/@xlist)

and then Fourier transform this

kfunc = FourierTransform[xfunc,x,k]

and find the first nontrivial peak.  Does someone have a better way?  Or 
if not, what's the "best" way of locating the peak?


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