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Time-Domain Convolutive Blind Source Separation Employing Selective-Tap Adaptive Algorithms

EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing20072007:092528

  • Received: 30 June 2006
  • Accepted: 24 January 2007
  • Published:


We investigate novel algorithms to improve the convergence and reduce the complexity of time-domain convolutive blind source separation (BSS) algorithms. First, we propose MMax partial update time-domain convolutive BSS (MMax BSS) algorithm. We demonstrate that the partial update scheme applied in the MMax LMS algorithm for single channel can be extended to multichannel time-domain convolutive BSS with little deterioration in performance and possible computational complexity saving. Next, we propose an exclusive maximum selective-tap time-domain convolutive BSS algorithm (XM BSS) that reduces the interchannel coherence of the tap-input vectors and improves the conditioning of the autocorrelation matrix resulting in improved convergence rate and reduced misalignment. Moreover, the computational complexity is reduced since only half of the tap inputs are selected for updating. Simulation results have shown a significant improvement in convergence rate compared to existing techniques.


  • Coherence
  • Autocorrelation
  • Computational Complexity
  • Convergence Rate
  • Acoustics


Authors’ Affiliations

School of Information Technology and Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5, Canada


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© Q. Pan and T. Aboulnasr. 2007

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