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Power of Non-Periodic Signal

  1. Sep 1, 2009 #1

    I'm wondering how do we calculate the average Power of a random (non-periodic) signal.

    I know how to do it if the signal is periodic, but with a non-correlated Gaussian signal I'm a bit lost. Can anyone shed some light?

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  3. Sep 1, 2009 #2
    It's not so simple...rather complex math.....The power spectrum ( or spectral density) of a process is the Fourier transoform of its autocorrelation. I was barely able to remember enough to find that so I can't help much further.

    One former text is Probability,Random Variables, and Stochastic Processes by Papoulis.
    Another one that might help is Information,Transmission, Modulation and Noise, Schwartz.
    These are old but may still be available in more current editions.
  4. Sep 1, 2009 #3


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    If you've measured the signal as a function of time x(t), you just need to evaluate


    Is that not what you meant?
  5. Sep 1, 2009 #4
    Is the impedance of the circuit constant? Can you average E^2/R?
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