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In this paper we study a new semi-blind channel estimation algorithm in orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) systems. The proposed scheme is an extension of a recently reported subspace-based blind channel estimation algorithm in cyclic prefix systems which requires very few received blocks. The semi-blind estimation algorithm is devised by using the information obtained both from the blind channel estimation method and a pure pilot-assisted method. The proposed algorithm uses a small amount of received data and can be applied to any types of communication constellations. Simulation results show that, with the same number of pilot samples, the semi-blind algorithm has a clear improvement in system performance over the pure pilot-assisted method. To achieve the same bit- error-rate performance, the proposed semi-blind algorithm uses fewer pilot samples.