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Generalized Likelihood Ratios for Testing the Properness of Quaternion Gaussian Vectors

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3 Author(s)
Via, J. ; Dept. of Commun. Eng., Univ. of Cantabria, Santander, Spain ; Palomar, D.P. ; Vielva, Luis

In a recent paper, the second-order statistical analysis of quaternion random vectors has shown that there exist two different kinds of quaternion widely linear processing, which are associated with the two main types of quaternion properness. In this paper, we consider the problem of determining, from a finite number of independent vector observations, whether a quaternion Gaussian vector is proper or not. Specifically, we derive three generalized likelihood ratio tests (GLRTs) for testing the two main kinds of quaternion properness and show that the GLRTs reduce to the estimation of three previously proposed quaternion improperness measures. Interestingly, the three GLRT statistics (improperness measures) can be interpreted as an estimate of the entropy loss due to the quaternion improperness. Additionally, we analyze the case in which the orthogonal basis for the representation of the quaternion vector is unknown, which results in the problem of estimating the principal BBC-properness direction, i.e., the pure unit quaternion minimizing the BBC -improperness measure. Although this estimation problem is not convex, we propose a technique based on successive convex approximations, which can be solved in closed form. Finally, some simulation examples illustrate the performance and practical application of the proposed tests.

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Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:59 ,  Issue: 4 )