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dsp.MovingMaximum System object

Moving maximum


The dsp.MovingMaximum System object™ determines the moving maximum of the input signal along each channel, independently over time. The object uses the sliding window method to determine the moving maximum. In this method, a window of specified length is moved over each channel, sample by sample, and the object determines the maximum of the data in the window. For more details, see Algorithms.

The object accepts multichannel inputs, that is, m-by-n size inputs, where m ≥ 1, and n > 1. The object also accepts variable-size inputs. Once the object is locked, you can change the size of each input channel. However, the number of channels cannot change. This object supports C and C++ code generation.

To determine the moving maximum of the input:

  1. Create a dsp.MovingMaximum object and set the properties of the object.

  2. Call step to compute the moving maximum.


Alternatively, instead of using the step method to perform the operation defined by the System object, you can call the object with arguments, as if it were a function. For example, y = step(obj,x) and y = obj(x) perform equivalent operations.


movMax = dsp.MovingMaximum returns a moving maximum object, movMax, using the default properties.

movMax = dsp.MovingMaximum(Len) sets the WindowLength property to Len.

movMax = dsp.MovingMaximum(Name,Value) specifies additional properties using Name,Value pairs. Unspecified properties have default values.


movMax = dsp.MovingMaximum('SpecifyWindowLength',1,'WindowLength',10);


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Flag to specify a window length, specified as a scalar boolean.

  • true — The length of the sliding window is equal to the value you specify in the WindowLength property.

  • false — The length of the sliding window is infinite. In this mode, the object determines the maximum of the current sample and all the past samples.

Length of the sliding window, specified as a positive scalar integer. This property applies when you set SpecifyWindowLength to true.


resetReset internal states of System object
stepMoving maximum of input signal
Common to All System Objects

Create System object with same property values


Expected number of inputs to a System object


Expected number of outputs of a System object


Check locked states of a System object (logical)


Allow System object property value changes


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Compute the moving maximum of a sum of three sine waves with varying amplitude. Use a sliding window of length 30.


Set up an input signal that is a sum of three sine waves with frequences at 2 Hz, 5 Hz, and 10 Hz. The sampling frequency is 100 Hz. Create a dsp.MovingMaximum object with a window length of 30. Create a time scope for viewing the output.

sin = dsp.SineWave('SampleRate',100,...
    'Frequency',[2 5 10],...
movMax = dsp.MovingMaximum(30);
scope  = dsp.TimeScope('SampleRate',100,...
    'YLimits',[-4.5 4.5]);

Compute the Moving Maximum

Each sine wave component of the input signal has a different amplitude that varies with the iteration. Use the movMax object to determine the maximum value of the current sample and the past 29 samples of the input signal.

for index = 1:100
    sin.Amplitude = rand(1,3);
    x = sum(sin(),2);
    xmax = movMax(x);


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[1] Bodenham, Dean. “Adaptive Filtering and Change Detection for Streaming Data.” PH.D. Thesis. Imperial College, London, 2012.

Extended Capabilities

Introduced in R2016b

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