As with random vectors, other than in certain special cases, it can be
difficult to describe and manipulate random processes through the use of
joint-probability density functions (pdfs), although the definitions
for the joint-pdf is provided. Instead, the video discusses that
second-order statistics including the mean sequence, the autocorrelation
sequence (ACF) (second-moment), and the autocovariance sequence
(central moment) are often adequate for capturing key salient features
of the random processes. After extending the definitions for the mean
and correlations previously seen for random vectors to random processes,
two examples are given. The first example derives the ACS for a process
which is based on an a priori defined physics-based model (namely, an
harmonic process). The second example considers finding the ACS of a
linear function of random processes (in this case, a non-causal delay).
PGEE11164 Probability, Estimation Theory, and Random Signals Lectures -- School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh. Copyright James R. Hopgood and University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK). 2020.
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