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Analytic signals of discrete-time inputs


The dsp.AnalyticSignal System object™ computes analytic signals of discrete-time inputs. The real part of the analytic signal in each channel is a replica of the real input in that channel, and the imaginary part is the Hilbert transform of the input. In the frequency domain, the analytic signal doubles the positive frequency content of the original signal while zeroing-out negative frequencies and retaining the DC component. The object computes the Hilbert transform using an equiripple FIR filter.

To compute the analytic signal of a discrete-time input:

  1. Create the dsp.AnalyticSignal object and set its properties.

  2. Call the object with arguments, as if it were a function.

To learn more about how System objects work, see What Are System Objects?

This object supports C/C++ code generation and SIMD code generation under certain conditions. For more information, see Code Generation.



anaSig = dsp.AnalyticSignal returns an analytic signal object, anaSig, that computes the complex analytic signal corresponding to each channel of a real M-by-N input matrix.


anaSig = dsp.AnalyticSignal(order) returns an analytic signal object, anaSig, with the FilterOrder property set to order.

anaSig = dsp.AnalyticSignal(Name,Value) returns an analytic signal object, anaSig, with each specified property set to the specified value.


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Unless otherwise indicated, properties are nontunable, which means you cannot change their values after calling the object. Objects lock when you call them, and the release function unlocks them.

If a property is tunable, you can change its value at any time.

For more information on changing property values, see System Design in MATLAB Using System Objects.

Order of the equiripple FIR filter used in computing the Hilbert transform, specified as an even integer scalar greater than 3.

Data Types: single | double | int8 | int16 | int32 | int64 | uint8 | uint16 | uint32 | uint64




y = anaSig(x) computes the analytic signal, y, of the M-by-N input matrix x, according to the equation


where j is the imaginary unit and H{X} denotes the Hilbert transform.

Each of the N columns in x contains M sequential time samples from an independent channel. The method computes the analytic signal for each channel.

Input Arguments

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Data input, specified as a vector or a matrix.

Data Types: single | double
Complex Number Support: Yes

Output Arguments

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Analytic signal output, returned as a vector or a matrix.

Data Types: single | double
Complex Number Support: Yes

Object Functions

To use an object function, specify the System object as the first input argument. For example, to release system resources of a System object named obj, use this syntax:


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stepRun System object algorithm
releaseRelease resources and allow changes to System object property values and input characteristics
resetReset internal states of System object


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Compute the analytic signal of a sinusoidal input.

t = (-1:0.01:1)';
x = sin(4*pi*t);
anaSig = dsp.AnalyticSignal(200);
y = anaSig(x);

View the analytic signal.

plot(t, x)
title('Original Signal');
subplot(2,1,2), plot(t, [real(y) imag(y)]);
title('Analytic signal of the input')
legend('Real signal','Imaginary signal',...

More About

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The algorithm computes the Hilbert transform using an equiripple FIR filter of the specified order n. The linear phase filter is designed using the Remez exchange algorithm and imposes a delay of n/2 on the input samples.

Extended Capabilities

Version History

Introduced in R2012a

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