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Blackman window



w = blackman(L) returns an L-point symmetric Blackman window.

w = blackman(L,sflag) returns a Blackman window using the window sampling method specified by sflag.


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Create a 64-point Blackman window. Display the result using wvtool.

L = 64;

Input Arguments

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Window length, specified as a positive integer.

Data Types: single | double

Window sampling method, specified as:

  • 'symmetric' — Use this option when using windows for filter design.

  • 'periodic' — This option is useful for spectral analysis because it enables a windowed signal to have the perfect periodic extension implicit in the discrete Fourier transform. When 'periodic' is specified, the function computes a window of length L + 1 and returns the first L points.

Output Arguments

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Blackman window, returned as a column vector.


The following equation defines the Blackman window of length N:


where M is N/2 when N is even and (N + 1)/2 when N is odd.

In the symmetric case, the second half of the Blackman window, M ≤ n ≤ N – 1, is obtained by reflecting the first half around the midpoint. The symmetric option is the preferred method when using a Blackman window in FIR filter design.

The periodic Blackman window is constructed by extending the desired window length by one sample to N + 1, constructing a symmetric window, and removing the last sample. The periodic version is the preferred method when using a Blackman window in spectral analysis because the discrete Fourier transform assumes periodic extension of the input vector.


[1] Oppenheim, Alan V., Ronald W. Schafer, and John R. Buck. Discrete-Time Signal Processing. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1999, pp. 468–471.

Extended Capabilities

C/C++ Code Generation
Generate C and C++ code using MATLAB® Coder™.

GPU Code Generation
Generate CUDA® code for NVIDIA® GPUs using GPU Coder™.

Version History

Introduced before R2006a

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