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Non-linear adaptive equalization based on a multi-layer perceptron architecture

The subject of this thesis is the original study of the application of the multi-layer perceptron architecture to channel equalization in digital communications systems. Both theoretical analyses and simulations were performed to explore the performance of the perceptron-based equalizer (including the decision feedback equalizer). Topics covered include the factors that affect performance of the structures including, the parameters (learning gain and momentum parameter) in the learning algorithm, the network topology (input dimension, number of neurons and the number of hidden layers), and the power metrics on the error cost function. Based on the geometric hyperplane analysis of the multi-layer perceptron, the results offer valuable insight into the properties and complexity of the network. Comparisons of the bit error rate performance and the dynamic behaviour of the decision boundary of the perceptron-based equalizer with both the optimal non-linear equalizer and the optimal linear equalizer are provided. Through comparisons, some asymptotic results for the performance in the perceptron-based equalizer are obtained. Furthermore, a comparison of the performance of the perceptron-based equalizer (including the decision feedback equalizer) with the least mean squares linear transversal equalizer (including decision feedback equalizer) indicates that the former offers significant reduction in the bit error rate. This is because it has the ability to form highly nonlinear decision regions, in contrast with the linear equalizer which only forms linear decision regions. The linearity of the decision regions limits the performance of the conventional linear equalizer.
Date January 1991
CreatorsSiu, Sammy
PublisherUniversity of Edinburgh
Source SetsEthos UK
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation

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