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The bilinear transformation converts a -transform function of a sampled-data system into a new function , called the -transform function, which is a rational function in variable . This bilinear transformation maps the unit circle on the - plane onto the imaginary axis of the -plane. Consequently, it is now possible to readily draw log magnitude and phase diagrams against a frequency scale of the open-loop -transform function of a sampled-data system by use of asymptotic techniques. Then, by use of a Nichols chart and correlation information available from continuous systems, it is possible to predict the approximate time domain performance. Design by modification of the open-loop transfer function can be made on the diagram in the same manner as employed for continuous systems on the Bode diagram. The resulting -transform can be converted to its equivalent Laplace transform. The ratio of this transform function and the original Laplace transform function of the system's equipment gives the required compensator. Remote s-plane poles may have to be added to have the compensator physically realizable. Restricting the modifying -plane poles to lie between (0) and (-1) permits the compensator to be realizable as an RC network.