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1 Heriot-Watt, School of Engineering & Physical Sciences
One, Two or Many Frequencies: Synchrosqueezing and Multicomponent Signal Analysis Steve McLaughlin Heriot-Watt, School of Engineering & Physical Sciences with thanks to Patrick Flandrin, Mike Davies, Yannis Kopsinis, Sylvain Meignen, Thomas Oberlin



4 Structure Introduction Signals, Time and Frequency Empirical Mode Decomposition SynchroSqueezing

5 What are signals? A signal is a time (or space) varying quantity that can carry information. The concept is broad, and hard to define precisely. (Wikipedia)

6 What are signals made of?
The Frequency viewpoint (Fourier): Joseph Fourier Signals can be built from the sum of harmonic functions (sine waves) Continuous to discrete Nyquist/Shannon Sampling Theorem Representing signals as impulses or sums of sinusoids signal Harmonic functions Fourier coefficients

7 What is a Signal? The intrinsic dynamics of the vocal folds can produce complex temporal acoustic call patterns without complex nervous system control W. Tecumseh Fitch, “Calls out of chaos: the adaptive significance of nonlinear phenomena in mammalian vocal production”, Animal Behaviour, 2002

8 What is a Signal Frequency modulation (FM) implies the instantaneous frequency varies. This contrasts with amplitude modulation, in which it is the amplitude which is varied while its frequency remains constant. Many signals can be modeled as a sum of AM and FM components.

9 Empirical Mode Decomposition
Basic idea is very simple: signal = fast oscillation + slow oscillation (& iteration) - Separation “fast vs slow’ data driven Local analysis based on neighbouring extrema Oscillation rather than frequency

10 Empirical Mode Decomposition
Identify local maxima and local minima Deduce an upper envelope and a lower envelope by interpolation (cubic splines) subtract the mean envelope from the signal iterate until “mean envelope = 0" (sifting) subtract the obtained mode from the signal iterate on the residual

11 Empirical Mode Decomposition: Sifting

12 EMD - Summary Locality — The method operates at the scale of one oscillation Adaptive — The decomposition is fully data-driven Multi-resolution — The iterative process explores sequentially the “natural” scales of a signal Oscillations of any type — No assumption on the nature of oscillations (e.g., harmonic) ⇒ 1 nonlinear oscillation = 1 mode No analytic definition — The decomposition is only defined as the output of an algorithm ⇒ analysis and evaluation ?

13 What is frequency? Frequency is the number of occurrences of a repeating event per unit time. It is also referred to as temporal frequency. The period is the duration of one cycle in a repeating event, so the period is the reciprocal of the frequency. (Wikipedia)

14 What is frequency? Macaque Fatima Miranda Amolops tormotus

15 Hilbert Spectrum Can we produce TF-representation plots based on the IF, IA estimates? Hilbert Spectrum: IA and IF are combined in order to form a spectrogram-like plot, H(t,f ). Specifically, for any time instant t, H(t,f )=α(t) if IF(t) equals to f and zero at the rest of the frequencies. In practice, a Time – Frequency grid is adopted in order to construct H(t,f ). Steve, Hilbert spectrum was initially used for plotting the IF of the IMFs produced by EMD.

16 On Instantaneous Frequency (Monocomponent signals)
Steve, on the left we see a linear chirp going from frequency 90KHz down to 55. This chirp is also modulated by a sinusoid. The Frequency of the sinusoid for the amplitude modulation is much lower than the frequency of chirp. So the signal can be characterised as monocomponent. In the case of monocomponent signals, IF coincides with the actual frequency of the signal.

17 Instantaneous Frequency Multicomponent signals
Steve, Fig a1: Fist component – it is a linear chirp; Fig a2: Second component – it is a linear chirp parallel to the one of Fig a1; Fig a3: Sum of the two components. Fig b1: Hilbert spectrum of the signal (shown in Fig a3). The green dashed lines shows the actual frequency of the two components (of Fig a1 and Fig a2). Fig b2: Shows the Hilbert spectrum of the unweighted averaged IF. Fig b3: Shows the IA which is used for the production of the Hilbert spectrum. (See also discussion on page 3 left column, last paragraph) IF is a non-symmetric oscillation exhibiting spikes that point toward the component with the larger amplitude. The strength of the IF oscillations (that is the height of the spikes) depends on the relative amplitudes of the components. Smoothing, , forces IF to “lock” at the component with the higher amplitude

18 Instantaneous Frequency Multicomponent signals
The further apart in frequency the components are, the larger the amplitude of oscillations become. The frequency of oscillations is relative to the frequency difference.

19 Beating When a signal is composed of two components with close instantaneous frequencies, EMD exhibits a beating phenomenon [Rilling and Flandrin (2008)]. More precisely, if a signal is composed of two harmonics, i.e., f(t) = cos(2πt)+a cos(2πξ0t), Rillingand Flandrin [2008] show an interesting zone in the a vs. ξ plane (amplitude vs. frequency plane) where EMD misidentifies the sum of two components as only a single component; the precise shape of this zone depends on the value ξ0. They also quantified this phenomenon and termed it beating, because EMD “identified” the two harmonics as a single oscillating (i.e., beating) signal.

20 Time Frequency Reassignment and SSQ
Time-Frequency Reassignment originates from a study of the STFT, which smears the energy of the superimposed Instantaneous Frequencies around their center frequencies in the spectrogram. TFR analysis “reassigns” these energies to sharpen the spectrogram Synchrosqueezing is a special case of reassignment methods [Auger and Flandrin (1995); Chassande–Mottin et al. (2003,1997)]. SSQ reallocates the coefficients resulting from a continuous wavelet transform based on the frequency information, to get a concentrated picture over the time-frequency plane, from which the instantaneous frequencies are then extracted It is adaptive to the signal; Reconstruction of the signal from the reallocated coefficients is feasible Solid Theoretical foundations

21 Idea from Daubechies & Maes 1996
SynchroSqueezing Idea from Daubechies & Maes 1996 Concentrate (squeeze) wavelet coefficients, at fixed times, on the basis of local frequency estimation (synchronised) Guarantees a sharply localised representation Allows for reconstruction of identified modes Offers a mathematical tractable alternative to EMD

22 Synchrosqueezing – Reconstruction Approach
We are interested in the retrieval of the components fk of a multicomponent signal f defined by: The problem can be viewed from two perspectives. The first consists of computing an approximation of the modes, either by using EMD or via wavelet projections. The second uses the SST to reallocate the WT before proceeding with multicomponent retrieval

23 Underlying theory First recall some results first proposed by Daubechies et al For a signal defined as a superposition of intrinsic-mode-type functions (IMT):

24 Underlying theory Where d is a separation condition.

25 Theorem

26 Theorem - Conditions

27 Theorem – A Remark Component retrieval using the SST is thus first based on the computation of the synchrosqueezing operator and then on its integration in the vicinity of curves defined by

28 Retrieval of Multiple Components (RCM): Practical Implemetation (Brevdo et al 2011)
The strategy developed by Brevdo et al for the RCM is to proceed on a component by component basis. The idea is to find a curve ,in the time-frequency plane such that it maximizes the energy which forces the modes to be smooth through a total variation term penalization and is obtained by computing the following quantity:

29 SST Parameters - WT of Pure Harmonic Signals
When dealing with a signal made of pure harmonics The separation of the components using the WT is equivalent to the support of the WT of each component being disjoint that is for all k>1 : Finally, using the definition of the separation condition introduced in Definition 2, when there is no interference between the components and

30 SST Parameters - WT of an ε-IMT
Let f(t) be a mode as defined in Definition 2, then the WT of f is now approximated by: the approximation error being controlled by (C1(f)B1+C2(f)B2+(C3(f)B3), (see Brevdo et al 2011), where Ci, 1≤i≤3, does not depend on the wavelet choice, while So, when is high, a low approximation error requires that must be small. One way to ensure this is to impose that has a fast decay or equivalently, that be large.

31 SST Parameters - WT of a Superposition of ε-IMT
For a multi-component signal as defined in Definition 2 we wish to have the following approximation: So, following the study on a single component, a low approximation error requires that be large enough. Then, we also want each component to be well separated from the other components (which is compulsory if we are to use the WT for mode retrieval), that is for each (a,t) the sum above should be reduced to a single term which is true provided that: Taking into account the separation condition (see Definition 2), we can deduce that the above inequality is true as soon as


33 Related Work It is worth noting that the behavior of the SST was studied in detail by Wu et al 2011 for two tone signals. However, no conclusions can be drawn from the latter regarding modulated signals because the modulation considerably alters the wavelet representation of such signals and consequently the results given by the SST. A very similar study was carried out by Mallat, ([14, p. 102]), but using a mother wavelet which was symmetric and compactly supported in the time domain. In such a case, the second order terms in the approximation would be negligible only if for all k: provided

34 Observation This second constraint when applied to an -IMT implies that Φk is such that ,provided that , which is true when ,or equivalently If we assume that both Ak and are bounded below, the quality of the approximation is better if is small when is large. Since one must also have ( where is the frequency bandwidth of the wavelet) to ensure separation of a different component, cannot be taken arbitrarily small. In contrast to the previous approach, the trade-off parameter between separation and localization of the components is now . The size of the frequency support of the mother wavelet plays a fundamental role when dealing with multi-component signals; adjusting this parameter enables us to tune between good separation and good localization of the modes. In the sequel we will use the previous remark regarding the size of the frequency support of the mother wavelet to build a new RCM algorithm.

35 A New RCM The algorithm aims at identifying the ridge associated with each component from the magnitude of the WT and then reconstructing the components by using the information in the vicinity of the different ridges. It is based on three distinct steps: - first determine adaptively the number of modes - compute an optimal wavelet threshold - use threshold to retrieve the modes. Code at:

36 Automatic detection of the number of modes
Since, for a given time t, the scales of interest in the SST are those where is large enough, we aim at detecting the modes using the following sets: The natural expectation is that given t and when γ is appropriately chosen, each element will be associated with a single mode as defined above). Note: The normalization of the wavelet transform we use is necessary to give sense to the above set. We compute an estimate of the number of modes at time t is: The number of modes is defined as:

37 Wavelet Threshold Once the number of modes is determined, we first consider the sets: and define T0 as the times t associated with non empty S0(t). A threshold for the WT and t in T0 is then computed as follows:

38 The Algorithm for Retrieving the Modes
We consider for each t in T0 the set Inf-k+1(t), which enables us to retrieve the mode k by applying the following approximation formula: Note that the index of I in the sum comes from the fact that Ik for small k corresponds to a high frequency component and that in Definition (2) the components are arranged in increasing frequency order. This reconstruction procedure is fully automatic and avoids the need to narrow down the curve searching in the time-scale space before proceeding with the mode retrieval.

39 Example of a signal made of non-trivial intrinsic mode type signals

40 Modulus of the corresponding Wavelet Transform

41 Reconstruction using a bump wavelet

42 Reconstruction as before but using alternative reconstruction formulae


44 Non Uniform Sampling To adaptively choose non-uniform samples to minimize the interpolation error is a thorny issue. A method inspired by the EMD consists of selecting the extrema of the signal, such that they depend locally on the strength of the oscillations. Another possibility would be to choose equi-spaced sample points over the whole signal duration. Methods 1. Consider non-uniform sample points for the location of the extrema of the high frequency mode given by the RCM proposed and then piecewise cubic Hermite interpolation of f at these points. 2. Follow the same framework as the above, but the sample points being equi-spaced with the same average sampling rate.


46 Further Work Strong modulation Non-uniform sampling
Signals with a piecewise regular TF representation

47 Thank You

48 References E. Brevdo, N. S. Fuckar, G. Thakur, and H.-T. Wu, “The synchrosqueezing algorithm for time-varying spectral analysis: Robust properties and new plaeoclimate applications,” 2011, arXiv preprint ID: E. Chassande-Mottin, I. Daubechies, F. Auger, and P. Flandrin, “Differential reassignment,” IEEE Signal Process. Lett., vol. 4, no. 10, pp. 293–294, 1997. I. Daubechies, J. Lu, and H.-L. Wu, “Synchrosqueezed wavelet transforms: An empirical mode decomposition-like tool,” Appl. Computat. Harmon. Anal., vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 243–261, 2011. H.-T. Wu, P. Flandrin, and I. Daubechies, “One or two frequencies? The synchrosqueezing answer,” Adv. Adapt. Data Anal., vol. 3, no. 1–2, pp. 29–39, 2011. S. Mallat, A Wavelet Tour on Signal Processing. NewYork:Academic,1998. G. Rilling, P. Flandrin, and P. Goncalves, “On empirical mode decomposition and its algorithms,” in Proc. IEEE-EURASIP Workshop on Nonlin. Signal and Image Process. (NSIP), Grado (I), Jun, 2003.

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