# Welch's method

In

physics ,engineering , and appliedmathematics ,**Welch's method**, named after P.D. Welch, is used for estimating thepower of a signal vs.frequency , reducing noise compared to the methods it is based upon. Welch's method is based on the concept of usingperiodogram s, which converts a signal from the time domain to the frequency domain. Welch's method is an improvement on the standardperiodogram method andBartlett's method in that it reduces noise in the estimated power spectra in exchange for reducing the frequency resolution. Due to the noise caused by imperfect and finite data, the noise reduction from Welch's method is often desired.**Definition and Procedure**The Welch method is based on

Bartlett's method and differs in two ways:

# The signal is split up into overlapping segments: The original data segment is split up into L data segments of length M, overlapping by D points.

## If D = M / 2, the overlap is said to be 50%

## If D = 0, the overlap is said to be 0%. This is the same situation as in theBartlett's method .

# The overlapping segments are then windowed: After the data is split up into overlapping segments, the individual L data segments have a window applied to them (in the time domain).

## Mostwindow function s afford more influence to the data at the center of the set than to data at the edges, which represents a loss of information. To mitigate that loss, the individual data sets are commonly overlapped in time (as in the above step).

## The windowing of the segments is what makes the Welch method a "modified"periodogram .After doing the above, the

periodogram is calculated by computing thediscrete Fourier transform , and then computing the squared magnitude of the result. The individualperiodogram s are then time-averaged, which reduces the variance of the individual power measurements. The end result is an array of power measurements vs. frequency "bin".**Use in Software**This method is used by

MATLAB 's "pwelch" command to calculatespectral density .**References*** "The Use of

Fast Fourier Transform for the Estimation of Power Spectra: A Method Based on Time Averaging Over Short, ModifiedPeriodogram s",IEEE Transactions on Audio Electroacoustics, Volume AU-15 (June 1967), pages 70-73.*Cite book

author=Oppenheim, Alan V.; Schafer, Ronald W.

authorlink=

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title=Digital signal processing

date=1975

publisher=Prentice-Hall

location=Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

isbn=0-13-214635-5

pages=pp 548-554* Proakis, J.G., and Manolakis, D.G.,

Digital Signal Processing , Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1996, pp 910-913.

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