Implementing FILTFILT using FILTER

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saif ahmad
saif ahmad on 18 Sep 2015
Answered: Martin Schätz on 17 Oct 2015
Hello fellow Matlab users,
I am trying to understand how FILTFILT.m works & am trying to implement it using FILTER.m. To my understanding:
1. It uses reflected signal extension at the edges (left and right side of original signal).
2. Length of each reflected extension is 3*(filter_order-1).
3. Signal is filtered in forward direction.
4. Then filtered signal from 3 is filtered in backward direction.
5. Finally, filtered output from 4 (after flipping the filtered signal) corresponding to original signal length is chosen as output.
I have implemented the above in 2 m-files. One is a function I wrote (my_filtfilt.m) and the other one (compare_matlab_filtfilt_my_filtfilt.m) calls this function and Matlab filtfilt.m for comparison.
While results are close for a noisy Matlab sample ECG signal (>> load noisysignals x), they are not EXACTLY identical (see attached image/plot)!
Also attached are my m-files.
How to make the 2 outputs to match perfectly?
Any help would be greatly appreciated :)

Answers (1)

Martin Schätz
Martin Schätz on 17 Oct 2015
Hi, my first idea is that the signal is not padded with zeroes, but mirrored (as is used in 2D convolution). Because as i understand filtfilt, you are doing all as it should be.

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