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A covariance approach to spectral moment estimation

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We are interested in estimating the moments of the spectral density of a comp[ex Gaussian signal process{ q^{(1)} (t) }when the signal process is immersed in independent additive complex Gaussian noise{q^{(2)} (t) }. Using vector samplesQ = { q(t_1),cdots ,q(t_m)}, whereq(t) = q^{(1)}(t) + q^{(2)}(t), estimators for determining the spectral moments or parameters of the signal-process power spectrum may be constructed. These estimators depend upon estimates of the covariance functionR_1 (h)of the signal process at only one value ofh neq 0. In particular, ifm = 2, these estimators are maximum-likelihood solutions. (The explicit solution of the likelihood equations form > 2is still an unsolved problem.) using these solutions, asymptotic (with sample size) formulas for the means and variances of the spectral mean frequency and spectral width are derived. It is shown that the leading term in the variance computations is identical with the Cramér-Rao lower bound calculated using the Fisher information matrix. Also considered is the case Where the data set consists ofNsamples Of continuous data, each of finite duration. In this case asymptotic (withN) formulas are also derived for the means and variances of the spectral mean frequency and spectral width.

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Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 5 )