[S] spec.pgram A mistake in "Guide to Statistics"?

Alvaro Aballe Villero (alvaro.aballe@uca.es)
Tue, 21 Jul 1998 16:35:09 +0200

Hello all,

I found a mistake in "Guide to Statistics" book about how spec.pgram works.
Could you endorse that?

It is the equation (21.57) in page 600. This equation is the right when
deltat=1 (the sampling rate). But, if one use a regular time series with
frequency no zero the right equation is:

S(f_k)=1/(deltat n) (abs(sum_{t=1}^n x_t exp(-2 pi f_k t deltat)))^2

You can see exponential term need the "deltat"; in this way it has not units.
On the other hand, one can notice the factor 1/(deltat n) with the
following function:

10^((spec.f10$spec[1:10])/10)/10^((spec.f1$spec[1:10])/10)#to compare each
spectrum in natural units (NO dB)

Do you agree?


Álvaro Aballe Villero
Dpto. Ciencias de los Materiales e Ingeniería
Metalúrgica y Química Inorgánica. Facultad de Ciencias.
Apartado 40 - 11510, Puerto Real (Cádiz) SPAIN.

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