Talk:Decimation (signal processing)

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There should also be a part on the way decimation transformations work in physics. Meaning by applying the renormalization group to a crystal structure and then relabeling the points. -- (talk) 18:48, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

The article refers to "eliminating every other sample without changing the sampling rate". This seems like a contradiction in terms; removing every other sample will by definition halve the sampling rate. I think the article means to say / should say "without changing the playback rate (in samples per time period)" or somesuch. (talk) 23:35, 18 August 2008 (UTC)


This page contains the term decimation. Currently decimation has to do with the Roman army...

Removed the word. —Pangolin 06:27, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
Someone has now corrected the link to be decimation (signal processing) Jasen betts (talk) 06:16, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

Circular definition[edit]

The first paragraph defines downsampling as "the process of reducing the sampling rate", so starting the next section "By downsampling, the sampling rate is also reduced . . ." doesn't work. Fredsie 15:03, 21 December 2006 (UTC)


"So in practice the cutoff frequency is placed far enough below the theoretical cutoff that the filter's skirt is contained below the theoretical cutoff."

Huh? O.o I think there is a below the theoretical cutoff surplus... --ANDROBETA 02:11, 27 December 2010 (UTC)
the skirt is the leakage of the filter, real world filters aren't [brick-wall filters] you don't want leakage crossing the threshold and coming back frequency inverted and corrupting the desired signal. Jasen betts (talk) 06:16, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

Interpolation is a low pass filter?[edit]

really? suppose I interpolate using sinc() at the sample rate but yeah, In the real world it makes more sense to use some other convolution that is finite and does perform a low pass with the desired limit.

Jasen betts (talk) 06:16, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

I think the Decimation (signal processing) article is a good candidate for merging, since Decimation and Downsampling are used interchangeably (in my experience). Jcmcclurg (talk) 05:18, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

Downsampling means to reduce the number of bits of information for each sample. Decimation means to reduce the number of samples. Based upon this and because this merger proposal has been sitting dormant since March, I will make "not to be confused with" links and remove the template. --Mblumber (talk) 20:08, 17 August 2012 (UTC)
After further research, I am wrong and will complete the merge of decimation into downsampling --Mblumber (talk) 20:20, 17 August 2012 (UTC)

Decimation by a factor of 1?[edit]

The section on effect on the Z transform made no sense, so I tried to improve it, starting from incrementing that 1 to 2. That section came in in this March 2012 edit, by an editor who seems to be inactive. I'd just get rid of it unless someone sees the point and wants to fix it up. Dicklyon (talk) 23:40, 29 June 2013 (UTC)