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ISRN Signal Processing
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 218651, 17 pages
Research Article

Extraction of Correlated Sparse Sources from Signal Mixtures

1Electrical Systems and Optics Division, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
2Engineering Science Department, Ecological University of Bucharest, Bd. Vasile Milea nr. 1G, Sector 6, 061341 Bucharest, Romania

Received 6 November 2012; Accepted 3 December 2012

Academic Editors: S. Callegari, W.-L. Hwang, S. Lee, and P. Ramaswamy

Copyright © 2013 M. S. Woolfson et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A blind source separation method is described to extract sources from data mixtures where the underlying sources are sparse and correlated. The approach used is to detect and analyze segments of time where one source exists on its own. The method does not assume independence of sources and probability density functions are not assumed for any of the sources. A comparison is made between the proposed method and the Fast-ICA and Clusterwise PCA methods. It is shown that the proposed method works best for cases where the underlying sources are strongly correlated because Fast-ICA assumes zero correlation between sources and Clusterwise PCA can be sensitive to overlap between sources. However, for cases of sources that are sparse and weakly correlated with each other, there is a tendency for Fast-ICA and Clusterwise PCA to have better performances than the proposed method, the reason being that these methods appear to be more robust to changes in input parameters to the algorithms. In addition, because of the deflationary nature of the proposed method, there is a tendency for estimates to be more affected by noise than Fast-ICA when the number of sources increases. The paper concludes with a discussion concerning potential applications for the proposed method.