A unified framework for the Bertrand distribution and the Altes distribution: The new hyperbolic class of quadratic time-frequency distributions

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Conference Proceeding

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We study the Bertrand distribution which is a member of the affine class of time-frequency distributions (TFDs), and the Altes distribution which does not belong to any known class of TFDs. We show that both TFDs are closely related to a "hyperbolic time-frequency geometry." Based on this geometry, we define and study a new "hyperbolic class" of TFDs which contains both the Bertrand distribution and the Altes distribution. We show that the hyperbolic class can be derived from the well-known Cohen's class of TFDs by a frequency-warping procedure that potentially results in a constant-Q time-frequency analysis.

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Proceedings of the IEEE-SP International Symposium on Time-Frequency and Time-Scale Analysis