From cardinal spline wavelet bases to highly coherent dictionaries

Miroslav Andrle, Laura Rebollo-neira

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    Wavelet families arise by scaling and translations of a prototype function, called the mother wavelet. The construction of wavelet bases for cardinal spline spaces is generally carried out within the multi-resolution analysis scheme. Thus, the usual way of increasing the dimension of the multi-resolution subspaces is by augmenting the scaling factor. We show here that, when working on a compact interval, the identical effect can be achieved without changing the wavelet scale but reducing the translation parameter. By such a procedure we generate a redundant frame, called a dictionary, spanning the same spaces as a wavelet basis but with wavelets of broader support. We characterize the correlation of the dictionary elements by measuring their 'coherence' and produce examples illustrating the relevance of highly coherent dictionaries to problems of sparse signal representation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number172001
    JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
    Issue number17
    Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2008

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    • wavelet families
    • prototype function
    • mother wavelet
    • cardinal spline spaces
    • multi-resolution analysis scheme


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