Editor: Monika Pinchas

The Whole Story Behind Blind Adaptive Equalizers/ Blind Deconvolution

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ISBN: 978-1-60805-135-9 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-352-0 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2012
DOI: 10.2174/97816080535201120101


It is well known that Intersymbol (ISI) Interference is a limiting factor in many communication environments where it causes an irreducible degradation of the bit error rate (BER) thus imposing an upper limit on the data symbol rate. In order to overcome the ISI problem, an equalizer is implemented in those systems. Among the three types of equalizers - non-blind, semi-blind and blind – the blind equalizer has the benefit of bandwidth saving and there is no need of going through a training phase. Blind equalization algorithms are essentially adaptive filtering algorithms designed such that they do not require the external supply of a desired response to generate the error signal in the output of the adaptive equalization filter. The algorithms generate an estimate of the desired response by applying a nonlinear transformation to sequences involved in the adaptation process. This nonlinearity is designed to minimize a cost function that is implicitly based on higher order statistics (HOS) according to one approach, or calculated directly according to the Bayes rules.

The Whole Story behind Blind Adaptive Equalizers/ Blind Deconvolution gives the readers a full understanding on blind deconvolution. The e-book covers a variety of blind deconvolution/equalization methods based on both cost functions and Bayes rules where simulation results are supplied to support the theory. These include the Maximum Entropy density approximation technique and the Edgeworth Expansion approach used in various blind equalizers. It also describes the relationship between the cost function approach and the approach taken according to Bayes rules. The e-book deals also with the effect of various system parameters (such as the step-size parameter or the equalizer's tap length) have on the obtained equalization performance. This e-book will be of particular interest to advanced communications engineering undergraduate students, graduate students, university instructors and signal processing researchers.


The phenomena of inter-symbol interference in band limited channels, pose severe limitations on the rate of data that can be transferred in digital communications. Equalizers are often being used in order to reduce inter-symbol interference and allow recovery of the transmitted symbols. Blind deconvolution techniques found to be efficient in carrying an online estimation of the equalizer lter, while relying on the transmitted signal statistics only. As a result, the recovered signal is obtained by convolving the impulse response of the estimated lter with the distorted received signal.

Over the years, many algorithms for the solution of the blind equalization problem have been developed. However, not much was written on their different features, explaining the advantages and drawbacks. This book not only explains the whole story behind blind adaptive equalization in such a way, that also a beginner in this eld will feel comfortable with but also supplies new developments, new ideas where simulation results are supplied to support the theory. This book can be used as a teaching book and may be of particular interest to advanced undergraduate students, graduate ones, university instructors and research scientists in related disciplines.

Yosef Pinhasi
Dean, Faculty of Engineering
Ariel University Center of Samaria