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  • Print publication year: 2004
  • Online publication date: June 2012

6 - A menagerie of processes


The basic tools for describing and analyzing random processes have all been developed in the preceding chapters along with a variety of examples of random processes with and without memory. The goal of this chapter is to use these tools to describe a menagerie of useful random processes, usually by taking a simple random process and applying some form of signal processing such as linear filtering in order to produce a more complicated random process. In Chapter 5 the effect of linear filtering on second-order moments was considered. In this chapter we look in more detail at the resulting output process and consider other forms of signal processing as well. In the course of the development a few new tools and several variations on old tools for deriving distributions are introduced. Much of this chapter can be considered as practice of the methods developed in the previous chapters, with names often being given to the specific examples developed. In fact several processes with memory have been encountered previously: the binomial counting process and the discrete time Wiener process, in particular. The goal now is to extend the techniques used in these special cases to more general situations and to introduce a wider variety of processes.

The development of examples begins with a continuation of the study of the output processes of linear systems with random process inputs.

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