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spectrogram

Spectrogram using short-time Fourier transform

Syntax

  • s = spectrogram(x)
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  • s = spectrogram(x,window)
  • s = spectrogram(x,window,noverlap)
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  • s = spectrogram(x,window,noverlap,nfft)
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  • [s,w,t] = spectrogram(___)
  • [s,f,t] = spectrogram(___,fs)
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  • [s,w,t] = spectrogram(x,window,noverlap,w)
  • [s,f,t] = spectrogram(x,window,noverlap,f,fs)
  • [___,ps] = spectrogram(___)
  • [___] = spectrogram(___,'reassigned')
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  • [___,ps,fc,tc] = spectrogram(___)
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  • [___] = spectrogram(___,freqrange)
  • [___] = spectrogram(___,spectrumtype)
  • [___] = spectrogram(___,'MinThreshold',thresh)
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Description

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s = spectrogram(x) returns the short-time Fourier transform of the input signal, x. Each column of s contains an estimate of the short-term, time-localized frequency content of x.

s = spectrogram(x,window) uses window to divide the signal into sections and perform windowing.

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s = spectrogram(x,window,noverlap) uses noverlap samples of overlap between adjoining sections.

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s = spectrogram(x,window,noverlap,nfft) uses nfft sampling points to calculate the discrete Fourier transform.

[s,w,t] = spectrogram(___) returns a vector of normalized frequencies, w, and a vector of time instants, t, at which the spectrogram is computed. This syntax can include any combination of input arguments from previous syntaxes.

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[s,f,t] = spectrogram(___,fs) returns a vector of cyclical frequencies, f, expressed in terms of the sample rate, fs.

[s,w,t] = spectrogram(x,window,noverlap,w) returns the spectrogram at the normalized frequencies specified in w.

[s,f,t] = spectrogram(x,window,noverlap,f,fs) returns the spectrogram at the cyclical frequencies specified in f.

[___,ps] = spectrogram(___) also returns a matrix, ps, containing an estimate of the power spectral density (PSD) or the power spectrum of each section.

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[___] = spectrogram(___,'reassigned') reassigns each PSD or power spectrum estimate to the location of its center of energy. If your signal contains well-localized temporal or spectral components, then this option generates a sharper spectrogram.

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[___,ps,fc,tc] = spectrogram(___) also returns two matrices, fc and tc, containing the frequency and time of the center of energy of each PSD or power spectrum estimate.

[___] = spectrogram(___,freqrange) returns the PSD or power spectrum estimate over the frequency range specified by freqrange. Valid options for freqrange are 'onesided', 'twosided', and 'centered'.

[___] = spectrogram(___,spectrumtype) returns PSD estimates if spectrumtype is specified as 'psd' and returns power spectrum estimates if spectrumtype is specified as 'power'.

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[___] = spectrogram(___,'MinThreshold',thresh) sets to zero those elements of ps such that 10 log10(ps) ≤ thresh. Specify thresh in decibels.

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spectrogram(___) with no output arguments plots the spectrogram in the current figure window.

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spectrogram(___,freqloc) specifies the axis on which to plot the frequency.

Examples

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Generate $N_{\tt x}=1024$ samples of a signal that consists of a sum of sinusoids. The normalized frequencies of the sinusoids are $2\pi/5$ rad/sample and $4\pi/5$ rad/sample. The higher frequency sinusoid has 10 times the amplitude of the other sinusoid.

N = 1024;
n = 0:N-1;

w0 = 2*pi/5;
x = sin(w0*n)+10*sin(2*w0*n);

Compute the short-time Fourier transform using the function defaults. Plot the spectrogram.

s = spectrogram(x);

spectrogram(x,'yaxis')

Repeat the computation.

  • Divide the signal into sections of length ${\tt nsc}=\lfloor N_{\tt x}/4.5\rfloor$.

  • Window the sections using a Hamming window.

  • Specify 50% overlap between contiguous sections.

  • To compute the FFT, use $\max(256,2^p)$ points, where $p=\lceil\log_2N_{\tt x}\rceil$.

Verify that the two approaches give identical results.

Nx = length(x);
nsc = floor(Nx/4.5);
nov = floor(nsc/2);
nff = max(256,2^nextpow2(nsc));

t = spectrogram(x,hamming(nsc),nov,nff);

maxerr = max(abs(abs(t(:))-abs(s(:))))
maxerr =

     0

Divide the signal into 8 sections of equal length, with 50% overlap between sections. Specify the same FFT length as in the preceding step. Compute the short-time Fourier transform and verify that it gives the same result as the previous two procedures.

ns = 8;
ov = 0.5;
lsc = floor(Nx/(ns-(ns-1)*ov));

t = spectrogram(x,lsc,floor(ov*lsc),nff);

maxerr = max(abs(abs(t(:))-abs(s(:))))
maxerr =

     0

Generate a quadratic chirp, x, sampled at 1 kHz for 2 seconds. The frequency of the chirp is 100 Hz initially and crosses 200 Hz at t = 1 s.

t = 0:0.001:2;
x = chirp(t,100,1,200,'quadratic');

Compute and display the spectrogram of x.

  • Divide the signal into sections of length 128, windowed with a Hamming window.

  • Specify 120 samples of overlap between adjoining sections.

  • Evaluate the spectrum at $\lfloor128/2+1\rfloor=65$ frequencies and $\lfloor({\tt length(x)}-120)/(128-120)\rfloor=235$ time bins.

spectrogram(x,128,120,128,1e3)

Replace the Hamming window with a Blackman window. Decrease the overlap to 60 samples. Plot the time axis so that its values increase from top to bottom.

spectrogram(x,blackman(128),60,128,1e3)
ax = gca;
ax.YDir = 'reverse';

Compute and display the PSD of each segment of a quadratic chirp that starts at 100 Hz and crosses 200 Hz at t = 1 s. Specify a sample rate of 1 kHz, a segment length of 128 samples, and an overlap of 120 samples. Use 128 DFT points and the default Hamming window.

t = 0:0.001:2;
x = chirp(t,100,1,200,'quadratic');

spectrogram(x,128,120,128,1e3,'yaxis')
title('Quadratic Chirp')

Compute and display the PSD of each segment of a linear chirp that starts at DC and crosses 150 Hz at t = 1 s. Specify a sample rate of 1 kHz, a segment length of 256 samples, and an overlap of 250 samples. Use the default Hamming window and 256 DFT points.

t = 0:0.001:2;
x = chirp(t,0,1,150);

spectrogram(x,256,250,256,1e3,'yaxis')
title('Linear Chirp')

Compute and display the PSD of each segment of a logarithmic chirp sampled at 1 kHz that starts at 20 Hz and crosses 60 Hz at t = 1 s. Specify a segment length of 256 samples and an overlap of 250 samples. Use the default Hamming window and 256 DFT points.

t = 0:0.001:2;
x = chirp(t,20,1,60,'logarithmic');

spectrogram(x,256,250,[],1e3,'yaxis')
title('Logarithmic Chirp')

Use a logarithmic scale for the frequency axis. The spectrogram becomes a line.

ax = gca;
ax.YScale = 'log';

Use the spectrogram function to measure and track the instantaneous frequency of a signal.

Generate a quadratic chirp sampled at 1 kHz for two seconds. Specify the chirp so that its frequency is initially 100 Hz and increases to 200 Hz after one second.

Fs = 1000;
t = 0:1/Fs:2-1/Fs;
y = chirp(t,100,1,200,'quadratic');

Estimate the spectrum of the chirp using the short-time Fourier transform implemented in the spectrogram function. Divide the signal into sections of length 100, windowed with a Hamming window. Specify 80 samples of overlap between adjoining sections and evaluate the spectrum at $\lfloor100/2+1\rfloor=51$ frequencies. Suppress the default color bar.

spectrogram(y,100,80,100,Fs,'yaxis')
view(-77,72)
shading interp
colorbar off

Track the chirp frequency by finding the maximum of the power spectral density at each of the $\lfloor(2000-80)/(100-80)\rfloor = 96$ time points. View the spectrogram as a two-dimensional graphic. Restore the color bar.

[s,f,t,p] = spectrogram(y,100,80,100,Fs);

[q,nd] = max(10*log10(p));

hold on
plot3(t,f(nd),q,'r','linewidth',4)
hold off
colorbar
view(2)

Generate a chirp signal sampled for 2 seconds at 1 kHz. Specify the chirp so that its frequency is initially 100 Hz and increases to 200 Hz after 1 second.

Fs = 1000;
t = 0:1/Fs:2;
y = chirp(t,100,1,200,'quadratic');

Estimate the reassigned spectrogram of the signal.

  • Divide the signal into sections of length 128, windowed with a Kaiser window with shape parameter $\beta=18$.

  • Specify 120 samples of overlap between adjoining sections.

  • Evaluate the spectrum at $\lfloor128/2\rfloor=65$ frequencies and $\lfloor({\tt length(x)}-120)/(128-120)\rfloor=235$ time bins.

spectrogram(y,kaiser(128,18),120,128,Fs,'reassigned','yaxis')

Generate a chirp signal sampled for 2 seconds at 1 kHz. Specify the chirp so that its frequency is initially 100 Hz and increases to 200 Hz after 1 second.

Fs = 1000;
t = 0:1/Fs:2;
y = chirp(t,100,1,200,'quadratic');

Estimate the time-dependent power spectral density (PSD) of the signal.

  • Divide the signal into sections of length 128, windowed with a Kaiser window with shape parameter $\beta=18$.

  • Specify 120 samples of overlap between adjoining sections.

  • Evaluate the spectrum at $\lfloor128/2\rfloor=65$ frequencies and $\lfloor({\tt length(x)}-120)/(128-120)\rfloor=235$ time bins.

Output the frequency and time of the center of gravity of each PSD estimate. Set to zero those elements of the PSD smaller than $-30$ dB.

[~,~,~,pxx,fc,tc] = spectrogram(y,kaiser(128,18),120,128,Fs, ...
    'MinThreshold',-30);

Plot the nonzero elements as functions of the center-of-gravity frequencies and times.

plot(tc(pxx>0),fc(pxx>0),'.')

Generate a signal sampled at 1024 Hz for 2 seconds.

nSamp = 2048;
Fs = 1024;
t = (0:nSamp-1)'/Fs;

During the first second, the signal consists of a 400 Hz sinusoid and a concave quadratic chirp. Specify the chirp so that it is symmetric about the interval midpoint, starting and ending at a frequency of 250 Hz and attaining a minimum of 150 Hz.

t1 = t(1:nSamp/2);

x11 = sin(2*pi*400*t1);
x12 = chirp(t1-t1(nSamp/4),150,nSamp/Fs,1750,'quadratic');
x1 = x11+x12;

The rest of the signal consists of two linear chirps of decreasing frequency. One chirp has an initial frequency of 250 Hz that decreases to 100 Hz. The other chirp has an initial frequency of 400 Hz that decreases to 250 Hz.

t2 = t(nSamp/2+1:nSamp);

x21 = chirp(t2,400,nSamp/Fs,100);
x22 = chirp(t2,550,nSamp/Fs,250);
x2 = x21+x22;

Add white Gaussian noise to the signal. Specify a signal-to-noise ratio of 20 dB. Reset the random number generator for reproducible results.

SNR = 20;
rng('default')

sig = [x1;x2];
sig = sig + randn(size(sig))*std(sig)/db2mag(SNR);

Compute and plot the spectrogram of the signal. Specify a Kaiser window of length 63 with a shape parameter $\beta=17$, 10 fewer samples of overlap between adjoining sections, and an FFT length of 256.

nwin = 63;
wind = kaiser(nwin,17);
nlap = nwin-10;
nfft = 256;

spectrogram(sig,wind,nlap,nfft,Fs,'yaxis')

Threshold the spectrogram so that any elements with values smaller than the SNR are set to zero.

spectrogram(sig,wind,nlap,nfft,Fs,'MinThreshold',-SNR,'yaxis')

Reassign each PSD estimate to the location of its center of energy.

spectrogram(sig,wind,nlap,nfft,Fs,'reassign','yaxis')

Threshold the reassigned spectrogram so that any elements with values smaller than the SNR are set to zero.

spectrogram(sig,wind,nlap,nfft,Fs,'reassign','MinThreshold',-SNR,'yaxis')

Load an audio signal that contains two decreasing chirps and a wideband splatter sound. Compute the short-time Fourier transform. Divide the waveform into 400-sample segments with 300-sample overlap. Plot the spectrogram.

load splat

% To hear, type soundsc(y,Fs)

sg = 400;
ov = 300;

spectrogram(y,sg,ov,[],Fs,'yaxis')
colormap bone

Use the spectrogram function to output the power spectral density (PSD) of the signal.

[s,f,t,p] = spectrogram(y,sg,ov,[],Fs);

Track the two chirps using the medfreq function. To find the stronger, low-frequency chirp, restrict the search to frequencies above 100 Hz and to times before the start of the wideband sound.

f1 = f > 100;
t1 = t < 0.75;

m1 = medfreq(p(f1,t1),f(f1));

To find the faint high-frequency chirp, restrict the search to frequencies above 2500 Hz and to times between 0.3 seconds and 0.65 seconds.

f2 = f > 2500;
t2 = t > 0.3 & t < 0.65;

m2 = medfreq(p(f2,t2),f(f2));

Overlay the result on the spectrogram. Divide the frequency values by 1000 to express them in kHz.

hold on
plot(t(t1),m1/1000,'linewidth',4)
plot(t(t2),m2/1000,'linewidth',4)
hold off

Generate two seconds of a signal sampled at 10 kHz. Specify the instantaneous frequency of the signal as a triangular function of time.

fs = 10e3;
t = 0:1/fs:2;
x1 = vco(sawtooth(2*pi*t,0.5),[0.1 0.4]*fs,fs);

Compute and plot the spectrogram of the signal. Use a Kaiser window of length 256 and shape parameter $\beta=5$. Specify 220 samples of section-to-section overlap and 512 DFT points. Plot the frequency on the y-axis. Use the default colormap and view.

spectrogram(x1,kaiser(256,5),220,512,fs,'yaxis')

Change the view to display the spectrogram as a waterfall plot. Set the colormap to bone.

colormap bone
view(-45,65)

Related Examples

Input Arguments

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Input signal, specified as a row or column vector.

Example: cos(pi/4*(0:159))+randn(1,160) specifies a sinusoid embedded in white Gaussian noise.

Data Types: single | double
Complex Number Support: Yes

Window, specified as an integer or as a row or column vector. Use window to divide the signal into sections:

  • If window is an integer, then spectrogram divides x into sections of length window and windows each section with a Hamming window of that length.

  • If window is a vector, then spectrogram divides x into sections of the same length as the vector and windows each section using window.

If the length of x cannot be divided exactly into an integer number of sections with noverlap overlapping samples, then x is truncated accordingly.

If you specify window as empty, then spectrogram uses a Hamming window such that x is divided into eight sections with noverlap overlapping samples.

For a list of available windows, see Windows.

Example: hann(N+1) and (1-cos(2*pi*(0:N)'/N))/2 both specify a Hann window of length N + 1.

Data Types: single | double

Number of overlapped samples, specified as a positive integer.

  • If window is scalar, then noverlap must be smaller than window.

  • If window is a vector, then noverlap must be smaller than the length of window.

If you specify noverlap as empty, then spectrogram uses a number that produces 50% overlap between sections. If the section length is unspecified, the function sets noverlap to ⌊Nx/4.5⌋, where Nx is the length of the input signal.

Data Types: double | single

Number of DFT points, specified as a positive integer scalar. If you specify nfft as empty, then spectrogram sets the parameter to max(256,2p), where p = ⌈log2 Nx⌉ for an input signal of length Nx.

Data Types: single | double

Normalized frequencies, specified as a vector. w must have at least two elements. Normalized frequencies are in rad/sample.

Example: pi./[2 4]

Data Types: double | single

Cyclical frequencies, specified as a vector. f must have at least two elements. The units of f are specified by the sample rate, fs.

Data Types: double | single

Sample rate, specified as a positive scalar. The sample rate is the number of samples per unit time. If the unit of time is seconds, then the sample rate is in Hz.

Data Types: double | single

Frequency range for the PSD estimate, specified as 'onesided', 'twosided', or 'centered'. For real-valued signals, the default is 'onesided'. For complex-valued signals, the default is 'twosided', and specifying 'onesided' results in an error.

  • 'onesided' — returns the one-sided spectrogram of a real input signal. If nfft is even, then ps has length nfft/2 + 1 and is computed over the interval [0, π] rad/sample. If nfft is odd, then ps has length (nfft + 1)/2 and the interval is [0, π) rad/sample. If you specify fs, then the intervals are respectively [0, fs/2] cycles/unit time and [0, fs/2) cycles/unit time.

  • 'twosided' — returns the two-sided spectrogram of a real or complex signal. ps has length nfft and is computed over the interval [0, 2π) rad/sample. If you specify fs, then the interval is [0, fs) cycles/unit time.

  • 'centered' — returns the centered two-sided spectrogram for a real or complex signal. ps has length nfft. If nfft is even, then ps is computed over the interval (–ππ] rad/sample. If nfft is odd, then ps is computed over (–ππ) rad/sample. If you specify fs, then the intervals are respectively (–fs/2, fs/2] cycles/unit time and (–fs/2, fs/2) cycles/unit time.

Data Types: char

Power spectrum scaling, specified as 'psd' or 'power'.

  • Omitting spectrumtype, or specifying 'psd', returns the power spectral density.

  • Specifying 'power' scales each estimate of the PSD by the equivalent noise bandwidth of the window. The result is an estimate of the power at each frequency. If the 'reassigned' option is on, the function integrates the PSD over the width of each frequency bin before reassigning.

Data Types: char

Threshold, specified as a real scalar expressed in decibels. spectrogram sets to zero those elements of ps such that 10 log10(ps) ≤ thresh.

Frequency display axis, specified as 'xaxis' or 'yaxis'.

  • 'xaxis' — displays frequency on the x-axis and time on the y-axis.

  • 'yaxis' — displays frequency on the y-axis and time on the x-axis.

This argument is ignored if you call spectrogram with output arguments.

Data Types: char

Output Arguments

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Short-time Fourier transform, returned as a matrix. Time increases across the columns of s and frequency increases down the rows, starting from zero.

  • If x is a signal of length Nx, then s has k columns, where

    • k = ⌊(Nx – noverlap)/(window – noverlap)⌋ if window is a scalar

    • k = ⌊(Nx – noverlap)/(length(window) – noverlap)⌋ if window is a vector.

  • If x is real and nfft is even, then s has (nfft/2 + 1) rows.

  • If x is real and nfft is odd, then s has (nfft + 1)/2 rows.

  • If x is complex, then s has nfft rows.

Data Types: double | single

Normalized frequencies, returned as a vector. w has a length equal to the number of rows of s.

Data Types: double | single

Time instants, returned as a vector. The time values in t correspond to the midpoint of each section.

Data Types: double | single

Cyclical frequencies, returned as a vector. f has a length equal to the number of rows of s.

Data Types: double | single

Power spectral density (PSD) or power spectrum, returned as a matrix.

  • If x is real, then ps contains the one-sided modified periodogram estimate of the PSD or power spectrum of each section.

  • If x is complex, or if you specify a vector of frequencies, then ps contains the two-sided modified periodogram estimate of the PSD or power spectrum of each section.

Data Types: double | single

Center-of-energy frequencies and times, returned as matrices of the same size as the short-time Fourier transform. If you do not specify a sample rate, then the elements of fc are returned as normalized frequencies.

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Tips

If a short-time Fourier transform has zeros, its conversion to decibels results in negative infinities that cannot be plotted. To avoid this potential difficulty, spectrogram adds eps to the short-time Fourier transform when you call it with no output arguments.

References

[1] Oppenheim, Alan V., Ronald W. Schafer, and John R. Buck. Discrete-Time Signal Processing. 2nd Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1999.

[2] Rabiner, Lawrence R., and Ronald W. Schafer. Digital Processing of Speech Signals. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1978.

[3] Chassande-Motin, Éric, François Auger, and Patrick Flandrin. "Reassignment." In Time-Frequency Analysis: Concepts and Methods. Edited by Franz Hlawatsch and François Auger. London: ISTE/John Wiley and Sons, 2008.

[4] Fulop, Sean A., and Kelly Fitz. "Algorithms for computing the time-corrected instantaneous frequency (reassigned) spectrogram, with applications." Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Vol. 119, January 2006, pp. 360–371.

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