How to calculate covariance using the wcoherence function

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Jakob Sievers
Jakob Sievers on 18 Feb 2019
Hi everyone
Is it possible to calculate the covariance of two signals, not by the standard cov function, but by wcoherence instead? Below is a code example:
% make data
rng default;
t = 0:0.001:2;
x = cos(2*pi*10*t).*(t>=0.5 & t<1.1)+cos(2*pi*50*t).*(t>= 0.2 & t< 1.4)+0.25*randn(size(t));
y = sin(2*pi*10*t).*(t>=0.6 & t<1.2)+sin(2*pi*50*t).*(t>= 0.4 & t<1.6)+ 0.35*randn(size(t));
% calculate cross-spectrum
[~,wcs,f,coi] = wcoherence(x,y,1/0.001);
% covariances
cc_wcoh=trapz(t,trapz(f,wcs)); %????!
% plot results
h = pcolor(t,log10(f),wcs);
h.EdgeColor = 'none';
ax = gca;
hold on;
ax.XLabel.String='Time (s)';
ax.YLabel.String='Logarithmic frequency';
ax.Title.String = {'Wavelet cross spectrum';['cov(x,y)=',num2str(cc_cov),' | cov_{wavelet}=',num2str(cc_wcoh)]};
Now, obviously my understanding of how to calculate the covariance from the wcoherence output (cov_wav) is flawed.
Can anyone help me get this right?
Essentially what I am trying to do is to calculate the cross spectrum of two signals and determine which regions in the resulting scalogram to include in an estimate of a covariance, as opposed to including everything (as is the case with the cov function).
Thanks in advance!
Bjorn Gustavsson
Bjorn Gustavsson on 7 Mar 2019
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Bjorn Gustavsson
Bjorn Gustavsson on 19 Feb 2019
Well, to me it looks as if the wcoherence function returns a normalized cross-spectra, i.e. something like
WC = FT(A).*FT(B)/sqrd(|FT(A)|*|FT(B)|)
Since the covariance are not normalized like that (the correlation-matrix is), you cant go from WC - COV. Perhaps you can select periods to include in covariance clculations from time-periods with interesting coherence.
Bjorn Gustavsson
Bjorn Gustavsson on 5 Mar 2019
Well dont jump to that conclusion, the power-spectra is the Fourier-transform of the autocorrelation function, likewise for the cross-covariance and cross-spectra:
x = 0:100;
K = exp(-(x-20).^2/5^2) + exp(-(x-70).^2/12^2);
a = randn(5000,1);
b = randn(5000,1);
A = conv2(a,K','full');
B = conv2(b,K','full');
hold on
xcAB = xcorr([A,B],numel(A)/2,'unbiased');
hold on
The "only" difference between this and what you get with the spectrogram/wavelet spectra is that those methods cuts the data into shorter (possibly overlapping segments) and applies the same functions to those data-segements. Thus making it possible to see temporal variations in spectral content/covariance.

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