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Determine Fixed-Point Types for Complex Q-less QR Matrix Solve A'AX=B

This example shows how to use the fixed.complexQlessQRMatrixSolveFixedpointTypes function to analytically determine fixed-point types for the solution of the complex least-squares matrix equation AAX=B, where A is an m-by-n matrix with mn, B is n-by-p, and X is n-by-p.

Fixed-point types for the solution of the matrix equation AAX=B are well-bounded if the number of rows, m, of A are much greater than the number of columns, n (i.e. mn), and A is full rank. If A is not inherently full rank, then it can be made so by adding random noise. Random noise naturally occurs in physical systems, such as thermal noise in radar or communications systems. If m=n, then the dynamic range of the system can be unbounded, for example in the scalar equation x=a/b and a,b[-1,1], then x can be arbitrarily large if b is close to 0.

Define System Parameters

Define the matrix attributes and system parameters for this example.

m is the number of rows in matrix A. In a problem such as beamforming or direction finding, m corresponds to the number of samples that are integrated over.

m = 300;

n is the number of columns in matrix A and rows in matrices B and X. In a least-squares problem, m is greater than n, and usually m is much larger than n. In a problem such as beamforming or direction finding, n corresponds to the number of sensors.

n = 10;

p is the number of columns in matrices B and X. It corresponds to simultaneously solving a system with p right-hand sides.

p = 1;

In this example, set the rank of matrix A to be less than the number of columns. In a problem such as beamforming or direction finding, rank(A) corresponds to the number of signals impinging on the sensor array.

rankA = 3;

precisionBits defines the number of bits of precision required for the matrix solve. Set this value according to system requirements.

precisionBits = 24;

In this example, complex-valued matrices A and B are constructed such that the magnitude of the real and imaginary parts of their elements is less than or equal to one, so the maximum possible absolute value of any element is |1+1i|=2. Your own system requirements will define what those values are. If you don't know what they are, and A and B are fixed-point inputs to the system, then you can use the upperbound function to determine the upper bounds of the fixed-point types of A and B.

max_abs_A is an upper bound on the maximum magnitude element of A.

max_abs_A = sqrt(2);

max_abs_B is an upper bound on the maximum magnitude element of B.

max_abs_B = sqrt(2);

Thermal noise standard deviation is the square root of thermal noise power, which is a system parameter. A well-designed system has the quantization level lower than the thermal noise. Here, set thermalNoiseStandardDeviation to the equivalent of -50dB noise power.

thermalNoiseStandardDeviation = sqrt(10^(-50/10))
thermalNoiseStandardDeviation = 0.0032

The quantization noise standard deviation is a function of the required number of bits of precision. Use fixed.complexQuantizationNoiseStandardDeviation to compute this. See that it is less than thermalNoiseStandardDeviation.

quantizationNoiseStandardDeviation = fixed.complexQuantizationNoiseStandardDeviation(precisionBits)
quantizationNoiseStandardDeviation = 2.4333e-08

Compute Fixed-Point Types

In this example, assume that the designed system matrix A does not have full rank (there are fewer signals of interest than number of columns of matrix A), and the measured system matrix A has additive thermal noise that is larger than the quantization noise. The additive noise makes the measured matrix A have full rank.

Set σnoise=σthermal noise.

noiseStandardDeviation = thermalNoiseStandardDeviation;

Use the fixed.complexQlessQRMatrixSolveFixedpointTypes function to compute fixed-point types.

T = fixed.complexQlessQRMatrixSolveFixedpointTypes(m,n,max_abs_A,max_abs_B,...
    precisionBits,noiseStandardDeviation)
T = struct with fields:
    A: [0x0 embedded.fi]
    B: [0x0 embedded.fi]
    X: [0x0 embedded.fi]

T.A is the type computed for transforming A to R=QA in-place so that it does not overflow.

T.A
ans = 

[]

          DataTypeMode: Fixed-point: binary point scaling
            Signedness: Signed
            WordLength: 31
        FractionLength: 24

T.B is the type computed for B so that it does not overflow.

T.B
ans = 

[]

          DataTypeMode: Fixed-point: binary point scaling
            Signedness: Signed
            WordLength: 27
        FractionLength: 24

T.X is the type computed for the solution X=(AA)\B so that there is a low probability that it overflows.

T.X
ans = 

[]

          DataTypeMode: Fixed-point: binary point scaling
            Signedness: Signed
            WordLength: 40
        FractionLength: 24

Use the Specified Types to Solve the Matrix Equation A'AX=B

Create random matrices A and B such that rankA=rank(A). Add random measurement noise to A which will make it become full rank.

rng('default');
[A,B] = fixed.example.complexRandomQlessQRMatrices(m,n,p,rankA);
A = A + fixed.example.complexNormalRandomArray(0,noiseStandardDeviation,m,n);

Cast the inputs to the types determined by fixed.complexQlessQRMatrixSolveFixedpointTypes. Quantizing to fixed-point is equivalent to adding random noise.

A = cast(A,'like',T.A);
B = cast(B,'like',T.B);

Accelerate the fixed.qlessQRMatrixSolve function by using fiaccel to generate a MATLAB executable (MEX) function.

fiaccel fixed.qlessQRMatrixSolve -args {A,B,T.X} -o qlessQRMatrixSolve_mex

Specify output type T.X and compute fixed-point X=(AA)\B using the QR method.

X = qlessQRMatrixSolve_mex(A,B,T.X);

Compute the relative error to verify the accuracy of the output.

relative_error = norm(double(A'*A*X - B))/norm(double(B))
relative_error = 0.1019

Suppress mlint warnings in this file.

%#ok<*NASGU>
%#ok<*ASGLU>

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