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Causal Systems

  1. Oct 26, 2011 #1
    Hi All,

    So I'm at the point where my brain is numb. I've been struggling for the past few hours trying to understand causality. Specifically, I have an input-output relationship y(t) = x(|t|). Determining if this is causal has been very difficult. Causal means that the output at any given time t is dependent on either the current input (present) or past input. So, if I plug in 5 to my output equation, I just get 5. How is that dependent on the past? I'm being told that this system is NOT causal, I.E. dependent on the past, which is really killing me.
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  3. Oct 27, 2011 #2
    Consider the value of y when the parameter of y is negative. The value would be equal to the value of x with a positive parameter, which you may interpret as the output of the system depending on the future value of the system input.
  4. Oct 27, 2011 #3

    jim hardy

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    x=y seems present tense.

    x=∫y would include past?
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