The capon-MVDR algorithm: Threshold SNR prediction and the probability of resolution

Christ D. Richmond

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The threshold region mean squared error (MSE) performance of the Capon-MVDR algorithm is predicted via an adaptation of an interval error based method referred to herein as the method of interval errors (MIE). MIE requires good approximations of two quantities: (i) interval error probabilities, and (ii) the algorithm asymptotic (SNR→ ∞) MSE performance. Exact pairwise error probabilities for the Capon (and Bartlett) algorithm are derived herein that include finite sample effects for an arbitrary colored data covariance; with the Union Bound, accurate approximations of the interval error probabilities are obtained. Further, with the large sample MSE predictions of Vaidyanathan and Buckley, MIE accurately predicts the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) threshold point, below which the Capon algorithm MSE performance degrades swiftly. A two-point measure of the probability of resolution is defined for the Capon algorithm that accurately predicts the SNR at which sources of arbitrary closeness become resolvable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)II217-II220
JournalICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
StatePublished - Oct 7 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing - Montreal, Que, Canada
Duration: May 17 2004May 21 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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