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How to use the window functions on a signal in MATLAB?

  1. Nov 27, 2018 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I am suppose to write a program that compares the FFT (Fast Fourier Transform Diagrams) of a sampled signal without the use of a window function and with it. The window function should be as long as the signal and the signal should have N points, N chosen as to not cause leakage of the specter of the signal.
    **The window function should be such that it's components diminish from 0 to it's end.
    2. Relevant equations
    3. The attempt at a solution

    I am having troubles applying the window functions because i get some weird output signal from a pretty simple line of code so i'm sure i'm not getting how this is suppose to work in MATLAB. Let's say I am trying to use the triangle window function because im not sure what is meant by the ** condition in the assignment. Maybe that the triangle function should be symmetric on the y axis?
    Code (Matlab M):

    f1 = 1000;
    f2 = 1270;
    fs = 15000;
    F1 = 100/1500; %minimum N so i wouldnt have signal leaks on the frequency diagrams.
    F2 = 127/1500;
    N = 1500;
    n = 0:N-1;
    x = 8*cos(2*pi*F1*n)+5*cos(2*pi*F2*n);

    % i have found that the triangle window function is called with triang(L)
    window = triang(N); %length should be N as the signal is of length N

    stem(n, x);

    stem(n, xwindowed);

    The original signal outputs like this:
    and the windowed like this:
    which makes no sense and is not how this is suppose to work. What don't i understand here?
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  3. Nov 30, 2018 #2


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    I'm not sure what the second plot looks like it does. What are you getting for the FFTs?
  4. Nov 30, 2018 #3
    It turns out that the built in function returns Nx1 (for some reason) matrix and the signal is 1xN. Reshaping the result of the window function makes it work.
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