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*To*: AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx*Subject*: Re: Gaussian vs uniform noise audibility*From*: Eckard Blumschein <Eckard.Blumschein@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>*Date*: Mon, 26 Jan 2004 12:08:08 +0100*Comments*: To: Julius Smith <jos@CCRMA.STANFORD.EDU>*Delivery-date*: Mon Jan 26 06:24:09 2004*In-reply-to*: <6.0.1.1.2.20040123115703.05b17ec0@w3k.org>*References*: <3.0.5.32.20040123201601.00ba48e0@dfnserv1.urz.uni-magdebur g.de> <200401231611.i0NGBf9B014296@staff2.cso.uiuc.edu> <3.0.5.32.20040123201601.00ba48e0@dfnserv1.urz.uni-magdeburg.de>*Reply-to*: Eckard Blumschein <Eckard.Blumschein@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>*Sender*: AUDITORY Research in Auditory Perception <AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

At 12:06 23.01.2004 -0800, Julius Smith wrote: >At 11:16 AM 1/23/2004, Eckard Blumschein wrote: >>First of all, forget the wrong idea that the cochlea performs a complex >>Fourier transform. > >This implies phase is discarded. No! Do not consider me a moron. You and largely the rest of the world grew up with the erroneous believe that there is no equivalent alternative to complex spectral analysis. Complex calculus is indeed tremendously useful. No matter whether one prefers magnitude and phase or real and imaginary part, one always has to consider both constituents except for the case one of them equals zero. Given, a function of time like 2A cos(omega t) does not have any imaginary part at all. Entrance into complex plane is payed by mandatory arbitrary omission of A exp(- i omega t) or A exp(i omega t). Neither the magnitude A nor the phase omega t can be discarded. At that point, you will object: Aren't anti-symmetrical functions, i.e. functions of time with odd symmetry like sinus, also needed in frequency analysis? No again, on condition, causality has been taken into account. In brief: Future signals cannot be analyzed yet. Even sin(omega t) can be continued as its mirror into fictive future time like an even function. Of course, this wouldn't hold for its derivative or antiderivative. However, our topic is just frequency analysis within cochlea. >However, phase information does exist as >the phase of the basilar membrane vibration,... I don't take amiss this fallacy. It has to do with the missing natural justification for fixing any reference point on the time scale. Our ears are not synchronized with anything. When Descartes introduced Cartesian coordinates, he imagined a spatially infinite world. Time is correspondingly believed to also expand from minus infinite to plus infinite. However, elapsed time definitely ends at the 'NOW' being the only clever choice for a natural time scale. Take subsequent snapshots of a sinusoid at NOW each. Try the same with any cochlear pattern. By chance, you might observe sin or cos. In other words, so called linear phase is arbitrary as is time. I don't deny that delay or according phase difference is reasonable with respect to a second signal or a different reference. Without such reference, a sinusoidal function cannot be a identified as sin, cos or something complex in between, and the reference is lacking in nature. The only natural reference is the NOW, which is steadily on the move. This causes the trouble of permanently lagging window position in case of arbitrarily centered complex Fourier transform. >Since basilar membrane filtering is generally >modeled as linear, any corresponding short-time-Fourier-transform would >have to be complex to model basilar membrane filtering. Subsequent >half-wave rectification does not eliminate all phase information, An old specialist of power electronics like me cannot retrace how you imagine rectification of a complex-valued function of time. My wife is a teacher for adults. Perhaps she would more heedfully anticipate what you and many others are feeling rather than thinking. I will try and elucidate how engineers handle a similar case: Consider an ideal sinusoidal voltage as a real input into a circuit that may also contain a first (small) resistor and a reactance in series. Parallel to the first resistor there are a diod and a much larger second impedance in series. The voltage across the first resistor is a complex quantity with respect to the source but pretty independent of the diod. However, piecewise linear calculation requires to refer to the current through the diod as a real one. In case of hearing, phase of the stimulus does not matter since it anyway relates to an arbitrary reference. As a rule, recognized experts like you tend to be cautious against radically uncommon views. Therefore I would like to ask you: Look at pattern of BM motion (e.g. T. Ren's) or of firing in the auditory nerve. They do not resemble magnitude, nothing to say about phase. As far as I can judge, they resemble the pattern of the natural (real-valued) spectrogram. More in detail: Magnitude cannot account for the different patterns with rarefaction vs. condensation clicks while positve and negative amplitudes of the natural spectrogram clearly differ from each other. In all, I didn't find any tenable argument in favor of complex cochlear function. On the other hand, Fourier cosine transform, the natural spectrogram and joint autocorrelation already resolved a lot of so far poorly understood questions. Incidentally, I recall a textbook denying any difference between time domain and frequency domain. I do not fully share this opinion. In particular, I consider it necessary to clearly distinguish between real world and fictitious complex domain. Eckard

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