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Most toolbox functions require you to begin with a vector representing a time base. Consider generating data with a 1000 Hz sample frequency, for example. An appropriate time vector is

t = (0:0.001:1)';

where the MATLAB^{®} colon operator creates a 1001-element
row vector that represents time running from 0 to 1 s in steps of
1 ms. The transpose operator `(')` changes the row
vector into a column; the semicolon (`;`) tells MATLAB to
compute, but not display the result.

Given `t`, you can create a sample signal `y` consisting
of two sinusoids, one at 50 Hz and one at 120 Hz with twice the amplitude.

y = sin(2*pi*50*t) + 2*sin(2*pi*120*t);

The new variable `y`, formed from vector `t`,
is also 1001 elements long. You can add normally distributed white noise to the signal and plot the first 50 points using

```
rng default;
yn = y + 0.5*randn(size(t));
plot(t(1:50),yn(1:50))
```

Since MATLAB is a programming language, an endless variety of different signals is possible. Here are some statements that generate several commonly used sequences, including the unit impulse, unit step, and unit ramp functions:

t = (0:0.001:1)'; imp= [1; zeros(99,1)]; % Impulse unit_step = ones(100,1); % Step (with 0 initial cond.) ramp_sig= t; % Ramp quad_sig=t.^2; % Quadratic sq_wave = square(4*pi*t); % Square wave with period 0.5

All of these sequences are column vectors. The last three inherit
their shapes from `t`.

Use standard MATLAB array syntax to work with multichannel signals. For example, a multichannel signal consisting of the last three signals generated above is

z = [ramp_sig quad_sig sq_wave];

You can generate a multichannel unit sample function using the outer product operator. For example, a six-element column vector whose first element is one, and whose remaining five elements are zeros, is

a = [1 zeros(1,5)]';

To duplicate column vector `a` into a matrix
without performing any multiplication, use the MATLAB `colon` operator and the `ones` function:

c = a(:,ones(1,3));

The toolbox provides functions for generating widely used periodic waveforms:

`sawtooth`generates a sawtooth wave with peaks at ±1 and a period of 2π. An optional`width`parameter specifies a fractional multiple of 2π at which the signal's maximum occurs.`square`generates a square wave with a period of 2π. An optional parameter specifies*duty cycle*, the percent of the period for which the signal is positive.

To generate 1.5 s of a 50 Hz sawtooth wave with a sample rate of 10 kHz and plot 0.2 s of the generated waveform, use

fs = 10000; t = 0:1/fs:1.5; x = sawtooth(2*pi*50*t); plot(t,x), axis([0 0.2 -1 1])

The toolbox also provides functions for generating several widely used aperiodic waveforms:

`gauspuls``chirp`generates a linear, log, or quadratic swept-frequency cosine signal. An optional parameter specifies alternative sweep methods. An optional parameter`phi`allows initial phase to be specified in degrees.

To compute 2 s of a linear chirp signal with a sample rate of 1 kHz, that starts at DC and crosses 150 Hz at 1 s, use

t = 0:1/1000:2; y = chirp(t,0,1,150);

To plot the spectrogram, use

spectrogram(y,256,250,256,1000,'yaxis')

The `pulstran` function generates pulse trains
from either continuous or sampled prototype pulses. The following
example generates a pulse train consisting of the sum of multiple
delayed interpolations of a Gaussian pulse. The pulse train is defined
to have a sample rate of 50 kHz, a pulse train length
of 10 ms, and a pulse repetition rate of 1 kHz; `D` specifies
the delay to each pulse repetition in column 1 and
an optional attenuation for each repetition in column 2.
The pulse train is constructed by passing the name of the `gauspuls` function
to `pulstran`, along with additional
parameters that specify a 10 kHz Gaussian pulse with
50% bandwidth:

T = 0:1/50E3:10E-3; D = [0:1/1E3:10E-3;0.8.^(0:10)]'; Y = pulstran(T,D,'gauspuls',10E3,0.5); plot(T,Y)

The `sinc` function computes
the mathematical sinc function for an input vector or matrix `x`.
Viewed as a function of time, or space, the sinc function is the inverse
Fourier transform of the rectangular pulse in frequency centered at
zero of width 2π and height 1. The following equation defines
the sinc function:

The sinc function has a value of 1 when *x* is
equal to zero, and a value of

for all other elements of `x`.

To plot the sinc function for a linearly spaced vector with values ranging from -5 to 5, use the following commands:

x = linspace(-5,5); y = sinc(x); plot(x,y)

The toolbox function `diric` computes
the Dirichlet function, sometimes called the *periodic sinc* or *aliased sinc* function,
for an input vector or matrix `x`. The Dirichlet
function, *D(x)* is:

where *N* is a user-specified positive integer.
For *N* odd, the Dirichlet function has a period
of 2π; for *N* even, its period is 4π.
The magnitude of this function is (1/*N*) times the
magnitude of the discrete-time Fourier transform of the *N*-point
rectangular window.

To plot the Dirichlet function over the range 0 to 4π
for `N` = `7` and `N` = `8`, use

x = linspace(0,4*pi,300); plot(x,diric(x,7)); axis tight; plot(x,diric(x,8)); axis tight;

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