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How to Use A Priori Information of Data Symbols for SNR Estimation

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2 Author(s)
Dangl, M.A. ; Dept. of Inf. Technol., Ulm Univ. ; Lindner, J.

We address the problem of how to use a priori information of data symbols to improve signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) estimation. Digital transmission with binary phase-shift keying (BPSK) over additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) channels serves as a background. At the receive side, both pilot and data symbols are used to estimate the SNR. In addition, we assume that a priori information of the data symbols is available. Our proposed estimator is then derived as an approximate solution of the maximum-likelihood (ML) approach. A significant improvement in the low-SNR regime over the corresponding estimator without a priori information is shown. Hence, an estimator that uses a priori information of data symbols is suitable to be embedded in iterative decoding schemes like, e.g., turbo decoding or turbo equalization. In addition, the Cramer-Rao lower bound (CRLB) for SNR estimators using a priori information of data symbols is derived

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Signal Processing Letters, IEEE  (Volume:13 ,  Issue: 11 )