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Robust automatic modulation classification using cumulant features in the presence of fading channels

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2 Author(s)
Songnan Xi ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA ; Hsiao-Chun Wu

Automatic modulation classification (AMQ is a scheme to automatically identify the modulation types of the transmitted signals by observing the received data samples in the presence of noise and fading channels. Nowadays, AMC plays an important role in both cooperative and non-cooperative communication applications. Very often, multipath fading channels result in the severe AMC performance degradation or induce large classification errors. The negative impacts of multipath fading channels on AMC have been discussed in the existing literature but no solution has ever been proposed so far to the best of our knowledge. In this paper, we propose a new robust AMC algorithm, which applies higher-order statistics (HOS) in a generic framework for blind channel estimation and pattern recognition. The advantage of our new algorithm is that, by carefully designing the essential features needed for AMC, we don't really have to acquire the complete channel information and therefore it can be feasible without any a priori information in practice. The Monte Carlo simulation results show that our new AMC algorithm can achieve the much better classification accuracy than the existing AMC techniques

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IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, 2006. WCNC 2006.  (Volume:4 )

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3-6 April 2006