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This correspondence discusses the problem of the receive antenna subset selection in multiple-element antenna (MEA) transmission systems. The antennas are selected so as to maximize the channel capacity. A set of near-optimal selection algorithms is presented. The first algorithm in particular allows statistical analysis of selection gains. We present tight analytic lower bounds on the outage capacity achievable through antenna selection. Extensive simulations validating analysis and illustrating performance of the selection algorithms are also presented.
Date of Publication: Oct. 2003