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Title: An examination of some significant approaches to statistical deconvolution
Author: Yang, Zi Hua
ISNI:       0000 0004 2700 4108
Awarding Body: Imperial College London
Current Institution: Imperial College London
Date of Award: 2011
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We examine statistical approaches to two significant areas of deconvolution - Blind Deconvolution (BD) and Robust Deconvolution (RD) for stochastic stationary signals. For BD, we review some major classical and new methods in a unified framework of nonGaussian signals. The first class of algorithms we look at falls into the class of Minimum Entropy Deconvolution (MED) algorithms. We discuss the similarities between them despite differences in origins and motivations. We give new theoretical results concerning the behaviour and generality of these algorithms and give evidence of scenarios where they may fail. In some cases, we present new modifications to the algorithms to overcome these shortfalls. Following our discussion on the MED algorithms, we next look at a recently proposed BD algorithm based on the correntropy function, a function defined as a combination of the autocorrelation and the entropy functiosn. We examine its BD performance when compared with MED algorithms. We find that the BD carried out via correntropy-matching cannot be straightforwardly interpreted as simultaneous moment-matching due to the breakdown of the correntropy expansion in terms of moments. Other issues such as maximum/minimum phase ambiguity and computational complexity suggest that careful attention is required before establishing the correntropy algorithm as a superior alternative to the existing BD techniques. For the problem of RD, we give a categorisation of different kinds of uncertainties encountered in estimation and discuss techniques required to solve each individual case. Primarily, we tackle the overlooked cases of robustification of deconvolution filters based on estimated blurring response or estimated signal spectrum. We do this by utilising existing methods derived from criteria such as minimax MSE with imposed uncertainty bands and penalised MSE. In particular, we revisit the Modified Wiener Filter (MWF) which offers simplicity and flexibility in giving improved RDs to the standard plug-in Wiener Filter (WF).
Supervisor: McCoy, Emma ; Walden, Andrew Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral