Sampling a Digital Signal

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Sampling data is the first step in the signal processing of wave forms coming from radar, submarine detection, earthquakes, seismic oil exploration, etc. Up-sampling and down-sampling are the basic operations in multirate discrete-time systems.


The bottom part of the figure shows up-sampling and down-sampling by an integer factor of the signal at the top. For the up-sampling process, equidistant zero-valued samples are inserted by the up-sampler between each consecutive sample of the input sequence .

Conversely, the down-sampling operation on the input sequence consists of keeping every sample of and removing the others.


Contributed by: Siva Perla (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



The up-sampled sequence is developed according to the input sequence :

The sampling rate of is times larger than that of the original sequence .

The down-sampled sequence is developed according to the input sequence :

Here the sampling rate of is that of the original sequence .

S. Mitra, Digital Signal Processing, 3rd ed., New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005.

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