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## Chirp Z-Transform

The chirp Z-transform (CZT) is useful in evaluating the Z-transform along contours other than the unit circle. The chirp Z-transform is also more efficient than the DFT algorithm for the computation of prime-length transforms, and it is useful in computing a subset of the DFT for a sequence. The chirp Z-transform, or CZT, computes the Z-transform along spiral contours in the z-plane for an input sequence. Unlike the DFT, the CZT is not constrained to operate along the unit circle, but can evaluate the Z-transform along contours described by , where A is the complex starting point, W is a complex scalar describing the complex ratio between points on the contour, and M is the length of the transform.

One possible spiral is

```A = 0.8*exp(1j*pi/6); W = 0.995*exp(-1j*pi*.05); M = 91; z = A*(W.^(-(0:M-1))); zplane([],z.')```

`czt(x,M,W,A)` computes the Z-transform of `x` on these points.

An interesting and useful spiral set is m evenly spaced samples around the unit circle, parameterized by and . The Z-transform on this contour is simply the DFT, obtained by `czt`:

```M = 64; m = 0:M-1; x = sin(2*pi*m/15); FFT = fft(x); CZT = czt(x,M,exp(-2j*pi/M),1); stem(m,abs(FFT)) hold on stem(m,abs(CZT),'*') hold off legend('fft','czt')```

`czt` may be faster than the `fft` function for computing the DFT of sequences with certain odd lengths, particularly long prime-length sequences.