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Inquiry about Fourier Transform

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Angel Lozada
Angel Lozada on 5 May 2021
Commented: Angel Lozada on 12 May 2021
According to Matlab documents regarding to Fourier Transform calculation, the code to do so is:
Ts = 1/25;
t = 0:Ts:10-Ts;
x = sin(2*pi*15*t) + sin(2*pi*20*t);
xlabel('Time (seconds)')
y = fft(x);
fs = 1/Ts;
f = (0:length(y)-1)*fs/length(y);
xlabel('Frequency (Hz)')
n = length(x);
fshift = (-n/2:n/2-1)*(fs/n);
yshift = fftshift(y);
xlabel('Frequency (Hz)')
I have some inquiries:
I do not understand variable f and fshift?
  • What does mean?
  • Is always write it like that?
  • How can I show the expression for y = fft(x)?

Answers (1)

Pratyush Roy
Pratyush Roy on 10 May 2021
The variables f and fshift are MATLAB arrays which represent the frequency components of a signal, where the array f varies within the interval [0,Fs] and fshift varies within the interval [-Fs/2,Fs/2]. While performing fftshift, we shift the zero-frequency component to the center of the spectrum. As a result, the spectrum is now centered around zero. We can choose different variable names for them as well.
When you mention show the expression y=fft(x), I understand you want to show the values in the y-array containing the FFT values. You can either print them out using disp
You can also plot the magnitude using the plot function
y = fft(x);
fs = 1/Ts; %Ts = Sampling interval
f = (0:length(y)-1)*fs/length(y);
Hope this helps!
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Angel Lozada
Angel Lozada on 12 May 2021
Pratyush Roy
Thanks for your soon ansewer, as well for cooperation and kindness.
Regarding one of my question: Is always like that?. I mean: why f is defined as
f = (0:length(y)-1)*fs/length(y) and not as f = 0:fs/10:fs?
Regarding the question: How can I show the expression for y = fft(x)? I mean, I want to see the fourier transform function.

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