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Topic: Distribution of the peak from a size-N complex vector
Replies: 1   Last Post: May 15, 2013 6:53 PM

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 sbennett86@gmail.com Posts: 1 Registered: 5/15/13
Distribution of the peak from a size-N complex vector
Posted: May 15, 2013 4:27 PM

Hope this is the right place to ask this question. I'm trying to determine the distribution of the peak of a length-N complex vector whose real and imaginary components are Gaussian distributed with zero mean and identical variance.

This situation can be simulated in Matlab as follows:

test_mat = (randn(10000,8192)+1j*randn(10000,8192))/sqrt(2);
pks = max(abs(test_mat),[],2);
hist(pks,50)

So I'm generating 10,000 complex vectors of length N=8192. I'm then taking the peak magnitude from each vector and constructing a histogram.

I think I have determined that the distribution of the variable 'pks' is Generalized Extreme Value, and I think I've determined the "mu" parameter of the distribution as sqrt(ln(N)), where N in this case is 8192. I kind of "lucked" into this by looking at other vector lengths and seeing how this value changed.

I'd like to be able to link the other parameters of the Generalized Extreme Value distribution to the vector length and/or the variance of the original real/imaginary components.

I'd appreciate any help anyone out there can provide.

Thanks,
Scott

Date Subject Author
5/15/13 sbennett86@gmail.com
5/15/13 David Jones