5.2. Multitapering¶
Multitapering method.
This module provides a multitapering method for spectral estimation.
The computation of the tapering windows being computationally expensive, a C
module is used to compute the tapering window (see spectrum.mtm.dpss()
).
The estimation itself can be performed with the spectrum.mtm.pmtm()
function

class
MultiTapering
(data, NW=None, k=None, NFFT=None, e=None, v=None, method='adapt', scale_by_freq=True, sampling=1)[source]¶ See
pmtm()
for details

dpss
(N, NW=None, k=None)[source]¶ Discrete prolate spheroidal (Slepian) sequences
Calculation of the Discrete Prolate Spheroidal Sequences also known as the slepian sequences, and the corresponding eigenvalues.
Parameters: Returns:  tapers, a matrix of tapering windows. Matrix is a N by k (k is the number of windows)
 eigen, a vector of eigenvalues of length k
The discrete prolate spheroidal or Slepian sequences derive from the following timefrequency concentration problem. For all finiteenergy sequences index limited to some set , which sequence maximizes the following ratio:
where is the sampling frequency and . This ratio determines which indexlimited sequence has the largest proportion of its energy in the band with . The sequence maximizing the ratio is the first discrete prolate spheroidal or Slepian sequence. The second Slepian sequence maximizes the ratio and is orthogonal to the first Slepian sequence. The third Slepian sequence maximizes the ratio of integrals and is orthogonal to both the first and second Slepian sequences and so on.
Note
Note about the implementation. Since the slepian generation is computationally expensive, we use a C implementation based on the C code written by Lees as published in:
Lees, J. M. and J. Park (1995): Multipletaper spectral analysis: A standalone Csubroutine: Computers & Geology: 21, 199236.However, the original C code has been trimmed. Indeed, we only require the multitap function (that depends on jtridib, jtinvit functions only).
from spectrum import * from pylab import * N = 512 [w, eigens] = dpss(N, 2.5, 4) plot(w) title('Slepian Sequences N=%s, NW=2.5' % N) axis([0, N, 0.15, 0.15]) legend(['1st window','2nd window','3rd window','4th window'])
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Windows are normalised:
References: Slepian, D. Prolate spheroidal wave functions, Fourier analysis, and uncertainty V: The discrete case. Bell System Technical Journal, Volume 57 (1978), 1371430
Note
the C code to create the slepian windows is extracted from original C code from Lees and Park (1995) and uses the conventions of Percival and Walden (1993). Functions that are not used here were removed.

pmtm
(x, NW=None, k=None, NFFT=None, e=None, v=None, method='adapt', show=False)[source]¶ Multitapering spectral estimation
Parameters:  x (array) – the data
 NW (float) – The time half bandwidth parameter (typical values are 2.5,3,3.5,4). Must be provided otherwise the tapering windows and eigen values (outputs of dpss) must be provided
 k (int) – uses the first k Slepian sequences. If k is not provided, k is set to NW*2.
 NW –
 e – the window concentrations (eigenvalues)
 v – the matrix containing the tapering windows
 method (str) – set how the eigenvalues are used when weighting the results. Must be in [‘unity’, ‘adapt’, ‘eigen’]. see below for details.
 show (bool) – plot results
Returns: Sk (complex), weights, eigenvalues
Usually in spectral estimation the mean to reduce bias is to use tapering window. In order to reduce variance we need to average different spectrum. The problem is that we have only one set of data. Thus we need to decompose a set into several segments. Such method are wellknown: simple daniell’s periodogram, Welch’s method and so on. The drawback of such methods is a loss of resolution since the segments used to compute the spectrum are smaller than the data set. The interest of multitapering method is to keep a good resolution while reducing bias and variance.
How does it work? First we compute different simple periodogram with the whole data set (to keep good resolution) but each periodgram is computed with a different tapering windows. Then, we average all these spectrum. To avoid redundancy and bias due to the tapers mtm use special tapers.
Method can be eigen, unity or adapt. If unity, weights are set to 1. If eigen are proportional to the eigenvalues. If adapt, equations from [2] (P&W pp 368370) are used.
The output is made of 2 matrices called Sk and weights. The third item stored the eigenvalues. The two matrices have dimensions equal to the number of windows used multiplied by the number of input points. The first matrix stored the spectral results while the second stores the weights.
Would you wish to plot the spectrum, you will have to take the means of the different windows and weight down the results before mean(Sk * weigths). Please see the code for details.
from spectrum import data_cosine, dpss, pmtm data = data_cosine(N=2048, A=0.1, sampling=1024, freq=200) # If you already have the DPSS windows [tapers, eigen] = dpss(2048, 2.5, 4) res = pmtm(data, e=eigen, v=tapers, show=False) # You do not need to compute the DPSS before end res = pmtm(data, NW=2.5, show=False) res = pmtm(data, NW=2.5, k=4, show=True)
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Changed in version 0.6.2: APN modified method to return each Sk as complex values, the eigenvalues and the weights