# scal2frq

Scale to frequency

## Description

## Examples

### Scales and Pseudo-Frequencies

This example shows how the pseudo-frequency changes as you double the scale.

Construct a vector of scales with 10 voices per octave over five octaves.

vpo = 10; no = 5; a0 = 2^(1/vpo); ind = 0:vpo*no; sc = a0.^ind;

Verify that the range of scales covers five octaves.

log2(max(sc)/min(sc))

ans = 5.0000

If you plot the scales, you can use a data cursor to confirm that the scale at index $$n+10$$ is twice the scale at index $$n$$. Set the y-ticks to mark each octave.

plot(ind,sc) title('Scales') xlabel('Index') ylabel('Scale') grid on set(gca,'YTick',2.^(0:5))

Convert the scales to pseudo-frequencies for the real-valued Morlet wavelet. First, assume the sampling period is 1. Since there are 10 voices per octave, display every tenth row in the table. Observe that for each doubling of the scale, the pseudo-frequency is cut in half.

pf = scal2frq(sc,"morl"); T = [sc(:) pf(:)]; T = array2table(T, ... 'VariableNames',{'Scale','Pseudo-Frequency'}); disp(T(1:10:end,:))

Scale Pseudo-Frequency _____ ________________ 1 0.8125 2 0.40625 4 0.20313 8 0.10156 16 0.050781 32 0.025391

Assume that data is sampled at 100 Hz. Construct a table with the scales, the corresponding pseudo-frequencies, and periods. Display every tenth row in the table.

Fs = 100; DT = 1/Fs; pf = scal2frq(sc,"morl",DT); T = [sc(:)/Fs pf(:) 1./pf(:)]; T = array2table(T, ... 'VariableNames',{'Scale','Pseudo-Frequency','Period'}); T(1:vpo:end,:)

`ans=`*6×3 table*
Scale Pseudo-Frequency Period
_____ ________________ ________
0.01 81.25 0.012308
0.02 40.625 0.024615
0.04 20.313 0.049231
0.08 10.156 0.098462
0.16 5.0781 0.19692
0.32 2.5391 0.39385

Note the presence of the $$\Delta t=\frac{1}{Fs}$$ factor in `scal2frq`

. This is necessary in order to achieve the proper scale-to-frequency conversion. The $$\Delta t$$ is needed to adjust the raw scales properly. For example, with:

`f = scal2frq(1,'morl',0.01);`

You are really asking what happens to the center frequency of the mother Morlet wavelet, if you dilate the wavelet by 0.01. In other words, what is the effect on the center frequency if instead of $$\psi (t)$$, you look at $$\psi (t/0.01)$$. The $$\Delta t$$ provides the correct adjustment factor on the scales.

You could have obtained the same results by first converting the scales to their adjusted sizes and then using `scal2frq`

without specifying $$\Delta t$$.

```
scadjusted = sc.*0.01;
pf2 = scal2frq(scadjusted,'morl');
max(pf-pf2)
```

ans = 0

### Plot CWT with Frequencies in a Contour Plot

The example shows how to create a contour plot of the CWT using approximate frequencies in Hz.

Create a signal consisting of two sine waves with disjoint support in additive noise. Assume the signal is sampled at 1 kHz.

Fs = 1000; t = 0:1/Fs:1-1/Fs; x = 1.5*cos(2*pi*100*t).*(t<0.25)+1.5*cos(2*pi*50*t).*(t>0.5 & t<=0.75); x = x+0.05*randn(size(t));

Obtain the CWT of the input signal and plot the result.

[cfs,f] = cwt(x,Fs); contour(t,f,abs(cfs).^2); axis tight; grid on; xlabel('Time'); ylabel('Approximate Frequency (Hz)'); title('CWT with Time vs Frequency');

## Input Arguments

`A`

— Scales

positive real-valued vector

Scales, specified as a positive real-valued vector.

`wname`

— Wavelet

character vector | string scalar

Wavelet, specified as a character vector or string scalar. See `wavefun`

for more
information.

`delta`

— Sampling period

`1`

(default) | positive real-valued scalar

Sampling period, specified as a real-valued scalar.

**Example: **`pf = scal2frq([1:5],"db4",0.01)`

## More About

### Pseudo-Frequencies

There is only an approximate answer for the relationship between scale and frequency.

In wavelet analysis, the way to relate scale to frequency is to determine the
center frequency of the wavelet, *F _{c}*, and
use the following relationship:

$${F}_{a}=\frac{{F}_{c}}{a}$$

where

*a*is a scale.*F*is the center frequency of the wavelet in Hz._{c}*F*is the pseudo-frequency corresponding to the scale_{a}*a*, in Hz.

The idea is to associate with a given wavelet a purely periodic signal of
frequency *F _{c}*. The frequency maximizing the
Fourier transform of the wavelet modulus is

*F*. The

_{c}`centfrq`

function computes the
center frequency for a specified wavelet. From the above relationship, it can be
seen that scale is inversely proportional to pseudo-frequency. For example, if the
scale increases, the wavelet becomes more spread out, resulting in a lower
pseudo-frequency.Some examples of the correspondence between the center frequency and the wavelet are shown in the following figure.

**Center Frequencies for Real and Complex Wavelets**

## References

[1] Abry, P. *Ondelettes
et turbulence. Multirésolutions, algorithmes de décomposition, invariance
d'échelles et signaux de pression*. Diderot, Editeurs des sciences et
des arts, Paris, 1997.

## Version History

**Introduced before R2006a**

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