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Channel-Aware Decision Fusion in Distributed MIMO Wireless Sensor Networks: Decode-and-Fuse vs. Decode-then-Fuse

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3 Author(s)
Ciuonzo, D. ; Department of Information Engineering, Second University of Naples, via Roma, 29, 81031 Aversa (CE), Italy ; Romano, G. ; Salvo Rossi, P.

We study channel-aware binary-decision fusion over a shared Rayleigh flat-fading channel with multiple antennas at the Decision Fusion Center (DFC). We present the optimal rule and derive sub-optimal fusion rules, as alternatives with improved numerical stability, reduced complexity and lower system knowledge required. The set of rules is derived following both "Decode-and-Fuse" and "Decode-then-Fuse" approaches. Simulation results for performances are presented both under Neyman-Pearson and Bayesian frameworks. The effect of multiple antennas at the DFC for the presented rules is analyzed, showing corresponding benefits and limitations. Also, the effect on performances as a function of the number of sensors is studied under a total power constraint.

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Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 8 )