## Least-Squares silver bullets: Moore-Penrose Pseudoinverse (Example)

While not exactly a "silver bullet", the Moore-Penrose Pseudoinverse is a powerful tool that can be applied to many practical problems. It calculates a least-squares solution to an overdetermined equation system.

The Matlab program demonstrates one such example, where known interfering signals are removed from a measured signal. More information can be found here: http://www.dsprelated.com/showarticle/112.php

```
% *****************************************************************
% Using the Moore-Penrose Pseudoinverse to remove known disturbances from
% measured data
%
% all vectors are column vectors.
% *****************************************************************
close all; clear all;
% *****************************************************************
% Example: A measured signal has been polluted with power-line hum,
% at a fundamental frequency, 3rd and 5th harmonic, with unknown
% amplitude and phase.
% *****************************************************************
m=1000; % number of measured points
fs=22000; % sampling rate
fHum=50; % known 50 Hz power line hum frequency
index=(1:m)';
% create power-line hum terms
hum=0.87654*sin(2*pi*index*fHum/fs+0.12345);
hum3rd=0.65432*sin(2*pi*index*3*fHum/fs+0.45678);
hum5th=0.3321*sin(2*pi*index*5*fHum/fs+0.78901);
% create actual data
idealData=0.1*randn(m, 1);
% create measured data - deteriorated by hum
measuredData=idealData+hum+hum3rd+hum5th;
% *****************************************************************
% Processing to remove the hum
% *****************************************************************
% We know frequency and number of harmonics
% We DO NOT the amplitude and phase of each term.
% note: a*sin(ometaT)+b*cos(omegaT) is equivalent to c*sin(omegaT+d)
% where either [a, b] or [c, d] are the unknown parameters.
basis=[sin(2*pi*index*1*fHum/fs), cos(2*pi*index*1*fHum/fs), ...
sin(2*pi*index*3*fHum/fs), cos(2*pi*index*3*fHum/fs), ...
sin(2*pi*index*5*fHum/fs), cos(2*pi*index*5*fHum/fs)];
% *****************************************************************
% Moore-Penrose Pseudoinverse: Least-squares fit between the basis
% waveforms and the measured signal.
% *****************************************************************
leastSquaresCoeff=pinv(basis)*measuredData;
reconstructedHum=basis*leastSquaresCoeff;
correctedData=measuredData-reconstructedHum;
% *****************************************************************
% Plot measured signal and reconstructed hum
% *****************************************************************
figure(); hold on;
plot(measuredData);
plot(reconstructedHum, 'r', 'LineWidth', 2);
legend({'measured data', 'reconstructed hum signal'});
% *****************************************************************
% Plot the remainder after subtracting the reconstructed hum.
% Compare with ideal result
% *****************************************************************
figure(); hold on;
plot(idealData, 'k', 'LineWidth', 2);
plot(correctedData);
plot(idealData-correctedData, 'r', 'LineWidth', 3);
legend({'ideal result', 'measured and corrected', 'error'})
```

## Comments:

michaelspencer

Said:

Markus, Great example of the practical use of the Pseudoinverse.
P.S. There is a minor typo on the 5th harmonic line. I think you intended:
Hum5th=0.3321*sin(2*pi*index*5*fHum/fs+0.78901);

5 years ago

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gilgamash

Said:

Well, I am not that flabbergasted. The example has nothing really exciting, and the pseudo-inverse itself shows up in a lot (way more) interesting applications, from PCA to Kernel Methods and discriminiative methods in pattern analysis, for instance.

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mnentwig

Said:

Thanks for the comments!
The example was meant to be as down-to-earth as possible, for an audience who is not regularly using the feature.
If the verdict is "straightforward, unexciting, no surprises and obvious", I read it as: "mission accomplished" :-)

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