NAG Library Function Document

nag_cwt_1d_real (c09bac)


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nag_cwt_1d_real (c09bac) computes the real, continuous wavelet transform in one dimension.


#include <nag.h>
#include <nagc09.h>
void  nag_cwt_1d_real (Nag_Wavelet wavnam, Integer wparam, Integer n, const double x[], Integer nscal, const Integer scales[], double c[], NagError *fail)


nag_cwt_1d_real (c09bac) computes the real part of the one-dimensional, continuous wavelet transform
Cs,k = xt 1 s ψ* t-k s dt ,  
of a signal xt at scale s and position k, where the signal is sampled discretely at n equidistant points xi, for i=1,2,,n. ψ is the wavelet function, which can be chosen to be the Morlet wavelet, the derivatives of a Gaussian or the Mexican hat wavelet (* denotes the complex conjugate). The integrals of the scaled, shifted wavelet function are approximated and the convolution is then computed.
The mother wavelets supplied for use with this function are defined as follows.
1. The Morlet wavelet (real part) with nondimensional wave number κ is
ψx = 1 π 1/4 cosκx - e -κ2/2 e -x2/2 ,  
where the correction term, e-κ2/2 (required to satisfy the admissibility condition) is included.
2. The derivatives of a Gaussian are obtained from
ψ^m x = dm e -x2 d xm ,  
taking m=1,,8. These are the Hermite polynomials multiplied by the Gaussian. The sign is then adjusted to give ψ^m0>0 when m is even while the sign of the succeeding odd derivative, ψ^m+1, is made consistent with the preceding even numbered derivative. They are normalized by the L2-norm,
pm = - ψ^ m x 2 d x 1/2  
The resulting normalized derivatives can be written in terms of the Hermite polynomials, Hmx, as
ψ m x = α Hmx e -x2 pm ,  
α = 1, when ​m=0,3 mod 4; -1, when ​m=1,2 mod 4.  
Thus, the derivatives of a Gaussian provided here are,
ψ1 x = - 2π 1/4 2 x e -x2 ,  
ψ2 x = - 2π 1/4 1 3 4x2 - 2 e -x2 ,  
ψ3 x = 2π 1/4 115 8x3 - 12x e -x2 ,  
ψ4 x = 2π 1/4 1105 16x4 - 48x2 + 12 e -x2 ,  
ψ5 x = - 2π 1/4 1 3105 32x5 - 160x3 + 120x e -x2 ,  
ψ6 x = - 2π 1/4 1 31155 64x6 - 480x4 + 720x2 - 120 e -x2 ,  
ψ7 x = 2π 1/4 1 315015 128x7 - 1344x5 + 3360x3 - 1680x e -x2 ,  
ψ8 x = 2π 1/4 1 451001 256x8 - 3584x6 + 13440x4 - 13440x2 + 1680 e -x2 .  
3. The second derivative of a Gaussian is known as the Mexican hat wavelet and is supplied as an additional function in the form
ψx = 2 3 π1/4 1-x2 e -x2/2 .  
The remaining normalized derivatives of a Gaussian can be expressed as multiples of the exponential e - t2 / 2  by applying the substitution x = t / 2  followed by multiplication with the scaling factor, 1 / 24 .


Daubechies I (1992) Ten Lectures on Wavelets SIAM, Philadelphia


1:     wavnam Nag_WaveletInput
On entry: the name of the mother wavelet. See the c09 Chapter Introduction for details.
Morlet wavelet.
Derivative of a Gaussian wavelet.
Mexican hat wavelet.
Constraint: wavnam=Nag_Morlet, Nag_DGauss or Nag_MexHat.
2:     wparam IntegerInput
On entry: the nondimensional wave number for the Morlet wavelet or the order of the derivative for the Gaussian wavelet. It is not referenced when wavnam=Nag_MexHat.
  • if wavnam=Nag_Morlet, 5wparam20;
  • if wavnam=Nag_DGauss, 1wparam8.
3:     n IntegerInput
On entry: the size, n, of the input dataset x.
Constraint: n2.
4:     x[n] const doubleInput
On entry: x contains the input dataset x[j-1]=xj, for j=1,2,,n.
5:     nscal IntegerInput
On entry: the number of scales to be computed.
Constraint: nscal1.
6:     scales[nscal] const IntegerInput
On entry: the scales at which the transform is to be computed.
Constraint: scales[i-1]1, for i=1,2,,nscal.
7:     c[nscal×n] doubleOutput
Note: the i,jth element of the matrix C is stored in c[j-1×nscal+i-1].
On exit: the transform coefficients at the requested scales, where c[j-1×nscal+i-1] is the transform coefficient Ci,j at scale i and position j.
8:     fail NagError *Input/Output
The NAG error argument (see Section 3.7 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation).

Error Indicators and Warnings

Dynamic memory allocation failed.
See Section in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
On entry, argument value had an illegal value.
On entry, n=value.
Constraint: n2.
On entry, nscal=value.
Constraint: nscal1.
On entry, wavnam=Nag_DGauss and wparam=value.
Constraint: if wavnam=Nag_DGauss, 1wparam8.
On entry, wavnam=Nag_Morlet and wparam=value.
Constraint: if wavnam=Nag_Morlet, 5wparam20.
An internal error has occurred in this function. Check the function call and any array sizes. If the call is correct then please contact NAG for assistance.
See Section 2.7.6 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
Your licence key may have expired or may not have been installed correctly.
See Section 2.7.5 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.


The accuracy of nag_cwt_1d_real (c09bac) is determined by the fact that the convolution must be computed as a discrete approximation to the continuous form. The input signal, x, is taken to be piecewise constant using the supplied discrete values.

Parallelism and Performance

nag_cwt_1d_real (c09bac) is not threaded in any implementation.

Further Comments

Workspace is internally allocated by nag_cwt_1d_real (c09bac). The total size of these arrays is 213 + n + nk - 1  double elements and nk Integer elements, where nk = k × maxscales[i-1]  and k=17 when wavnam=Nag_Morlet or Nag_DGauss and k=11 when wavnam=Nag_MexHat.


This example computes the continuous wavelet transform of a dataset containing a single nonzero value representing an impulse. The Morlet wavelet is used with wave number κ=5 and scales 1, 2, 3, 4.

Program Text

Program Text (c09bace.c)

Program Data

Program Data (c09bace.d)

Program Results

Program Results (c09bace.r)

© The Numerical Algorithms Group Ltd, Oxford, UK. 2017