Given a stationary time series X and another stationary time series Y (with a different power spectral density), we describe an algorithm for constructing a stationary time series Z that contains exactly the same values as X permuted in an order such that the power spectral density of Z closely resembles that of Y. We call this method spectral mimicry. We prove (under certain restrictions) that, if the univariate cumulative distribution function (CDF) of X is identical to the CDF of Y, then the power spectral density of Z equals the power spectral density of Y. We also show, for a class of examples, that when the CDFs of X and Y differ modestly, the power spectral density of Z closely approximates the power spectral density of Y. The algorithm, developed to design an experiment in microbial population dynamics, has a variety of other applications.

Cohen, Joel E; Newman, Charles M; Cohen, Adam E; Petchey, Owen L; Gonzalez, Andrew (1999). *Spectral mimicry: A method of synthesizing matching time series with different Fourier spectra.* Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing, 18(3):431-442.

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Given a stationary time series X and another stationary time series Y (with a different power spectral density), we describe an algorithm for constructing a stationary time series Z that contains exactly the same values as X permuted in an order such that the power spectral density of Z closely resembles that of Y. We call this method spectral mimicry. We prove (under certain restrictions) that, if the univariate cumulative distribution function (CDF) of X is identical to the CDF of Y, then the power spectral density of Z equals the power spectral density of Y. We also show, for a class of examples, that when the CDFs of X and Y differ modestly, the power spectral density of Z closely approximates the power spectral density of Y. The algorithm, developed to design an experiment in microbial population dynamics, has a variety of other applications.

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Item Type: | Journal Article, refereed, original work |
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Communities & Collections: | 07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies |

Dewey Decimal Classification: | 570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology) |

Language: | English |

Date: | 1999 |

Deposited On: | 10 Jul 2012 14:09 |

Last Modified: | 05 Apr 2016 15:53 |

Publisher: | Springer |

ISSN: | 0278-081X |

Publisher DOI: | https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01200792 |

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