How to Compare Two Groups of Signals?
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Rightia Rollmann on 27 Mar 2017
Commented: the cyclist on 27 Mar 2017
Imagine I have two groups of signals A and B having four and three samples, respectively.
A1 = [1 3 -1 2];
A2 = [1 3 -2 3];
A3 = [1 4 -3 4];
A4 = [2 4 -2 3];
B1 = [2 3 -1 5];
B2 = [2 4 -2 6];
B3 = [2 4 -4 5];
How can I find out whether there is a statistically significant difference between groups A and B?
Edited: the cyclist on 27 Mar 2017
To determine whether these signals are significantly different, you first need to define a null hypothesis that will define the range of typical differences. This generally involves an underlying theoretical model, such as "these samples are all drawn from the a normal distribution with the same parameters".
What is your null hypothesis? If your answer is, "I don't have one", then you cannot do hypothesis testing, or determine statistically significant differences.
And what do the four numbers in A1 represent? Four different amplitudes, at four different time points? Why are they always integers, rather than values like 1.63?
John BG on 27 Mar 2017
When comparing signals this way you could start averaging both signals amplitude this way:
1.25 3.50 -2.00 3.00
2.00 3.67 -2.33 5.33
then could check time average
that was 1st order statistical all-weather very useful mean, now 2nd order, variance:
the more samples the better, the longer the signals the more accurate the measurements
You may also want to see if the signals match a known statistical probability distributions that you may think would fit, for instance normal
this in turn will give the probability distrition, then you can generate the pdf curve and measure how far the points of the signals are from the probability. The distance of the samples to an expected curve is an error measurement you may find useful
Error Vector Measurements are common in for instance DVB-T or for the case, any IQ signals.
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