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In this paper, an amplify-and-forward (AF) cooperative strategy in interference limited networks is considered. In contrast to previously reported work, where the effect of interference is ignored, the effect of multi-user interference in AF schemes is analyzed. It is shown that the interference changes the statistical description of the conventional AF protocol and a statistical expression is subsequently derived. Asymptotic analysis of the expression shows that interference limits the diversity gain of the system and the related channel capacity is bounded by a stationary point. In addition, it is proven that previously proposed relay selection criteria for multi-relay scenarios become inefficient in the presence of interference. Based on a consideration of the interference term, two new selection criteria suitable for different system set-ups are proposed. A theoretical framework for selecting when to apply the proposed selection criteria is also presented.
Date of Conference: 5-8 April 2009