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A novel variable step-size sign natural gradient algorithm (VS-S-NGA) for online blind separation of independent sources is presented. A sign operator for the adaptation of the separation model is obtained from the derivation of a generalized dynamic separation model. A variable step size is also derived to better match the dynamics of the input signals and unmixing matrix. The proposed sign algorithm is appealing in practice due to its computational simplicity. Experimental results verify the superior convergence performance over conventional NGA in both stationary and nonstationary environments.
Date of Publication: Aug. 2005