Using awgn and snr functions in matlab

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In matlab, I create a sawtooth signal, add noise to it using 'awgn' function, and then measure the SNR using 'snr' function.
x = sawtooth(0:0.1:10);
y = awgn(x,10,'measured');
SNR = snr(y,y-x);
My question is that snr doesn't give SNR equal to 10. Rather, it gives something near to 10, but still not close enough.
Is there any other way to add noise accurately with predetermined snr, to a signal?

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Jyothis Gireesh
Jyothis Gireesh on 17 Sep 2019
Here are a few pointers which may be able to help you.
  • Since SNR is the ratio of Signal Power to noise power it should be computed using the following method SNR = snr (x,y-x) since x is the original signal and y is the noise corrupted signal.
  • The signal “y” is generated by using awgn()” function with a random seed there may be some cases where the SNR may not match closely with the pre-defined value.
As a possible workaround you may use any of the following methods:
  • Specify the ‘seed’ attribute of the awgn()” function for repetitive generation of noise samples.
  • Use Monte-Carlo method to generate different awgn()” noise samples and average over all the SNR values. As the number of Monte- Carlo simulations increase the average SNR closely approximates the predefined SNR.
Please refer to the following documentation link on awgn()” function

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