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Cross-Correlation of Delayed Signal in Noise

This example shows how to use the cross-correlation sequence to detect the time delay in a noise-corrupted sequence. The output sequence is a delayed version of the input sequence with additive white Gaussian noise. Create two sequences. One sequence is a delayed version of the other. The delay is 3 samples. Add N(0,0.32) white noise to the delayed signal. Use the sample cross-correlation sequence to detect the lag.

Create and plot the signals. Set the random number generator to the default settings for reproducible results.

rng default

x = triang(20);
y = [zeros(3,1);x]+0.3*randn(length(x)+3,1);

axis([0 22 -1 2])
title('Input Sequence')

axis([0 22 -1 2])
title('Output Sequence')

Obtain the sample cross-correlation sequence and use the maximum absolute value to estimate the lag. Plot the sample cross-correlation sequence. The maximum cross correlation sequence value occurs at lag 3, as expected.

[xc,lags] = xcorr(y,x);
[~,I] = max(abs(xc));

hold on
hold off
legend(["Cross-correlation",sprintf('Maximum at lag %d',lags(I))])

Confirm the result using the finddelay function.

ans = 3

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