November 2008 | NTIA Technical Report TR-09-458

Statistical Considerations for Noise and Interference Measurements

Roger A. Dalke

Abstract: The study of noise and interference in the radio environment is essential to the development of efficacious communications systems. Many of the characteristics of radio noise and interference of interest to radio system designers can be expressed in terms of first- and second-order statistics. These statistics are necessarily calculated using measured data. In this report, we discuss uncertainties that arise when measured data sets are used to calculate statistics of radio noise and interference.

Keywords: average power; radio interference; amplitude probability distribution; measurement uncertainties; power spectrum; radio noise

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Lilli Segre, Publications Officer
Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
(303) 497-3572

For technical information concerning this report, contact:

Roger A. Dalke
Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
(303) 497-3109

Disclaimer: Certain commercial equipment, components, and software may be identified in this report to specify adequately the technical aspects of the reported results. In no case does such identification imply recommendation or endorsement by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, nor does it imply that the equipment or software identified is necessarily the best available for the particular application or uses.

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