Applied Mathematics & Information Sciences

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Recently, most of the methods used to measure and analysis signal property are based on the linear transform theory, such as FFT, STFT, wavelet, etc. Unfortunately, these methods usually cause meaningless results when it is used to analysis nonlinear signal. In this paper, we use Hilbert-Huang transform (HHT) to review the nonlinear distortion and define a novel nonlinear parameter named Nonlinear Distortion Degree (NDD) which is based on intra-wave frequency modulation measurement. The loudspeaker model simulations are used to illustrate the intra-wave frequency modulation caused by nonlinear distortion. The results agree that NDD can reveal more accurate and physical meaningful nonlinear distortion characteristic.

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