Last Modified: January 12, 2018

Computes the cross correlation of two signals.

The correlation method to use.

This input is available only if both **x** and **y** are arrays or waveforms.

If **x** and **y** are small, the direct method typically is faster. If **x** and **y** are large, the frequency domain method typically is faster. Additionally, slight numerical differences can exist between the two methods.

Name | Description |
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direct | Computes the cross correlation using the direct method of linear correlation. |

frequency domain | Computes the cross correlation using an FFT-based technique. |

**Default: **frequency domain

The normalization method to use to compute the cross correlation between the two input signals.

This input is available only if both **x** and **y** are arrays or waveforms.

Name | Description |
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none | Does not apply normalization. |

unbiased | Applies unbiased normalization. |

biased | Applies biased normalization. |

**Default: **none

Length of each set of x-values. This node computes each set of values separately.

**sample length x** must be greater than 0.

This input is available only if **x** is a double-precision, floating-point number.

**Default: **100

Length of each set of y-values. This node computes each set of values separately.

**sample length y** must be greater than 0.

This input is available only if **y** is a double-precision, floating-point number.

**Default: **100

Error conditions that occur before this node runs.

The node responds to this input according to standard error behavior.

Standard Error Behavior

Many nodes provide an **error in** input and an **error out** output so that the node can respond to and communicate errors that occur while code is running. The value of **error in** specifies whether an error occurred before the node runs. Most nodes respond to values of **error in** in a standard, predictable way.

**Default: **No error

A Boolean that specifies whether to use the data points before the current block to compute the cross-correlation.

True | Uses the data points before the current block to compute the cross-correlation. |

False | Does not use the data points before the current block to compute the cross-correlation. |

This input is available only if one of the input sequences is a double-precision, floating-point number.

**Default: **True

Error information.

The node produces this output according to standard error behavior.

Standard Error Behavior

**error in** input and an **error out** output so that the node can respond to and communicate errors that occur while code is running. The value of **error in** specifies whether an error occurred before the node runs. Most nodes respond to values of **error in** in a standard, predictable way.

The cross correlation Rxy(*t*) of the sequences *x*(*t*) and *y*(*t*) is defined by the following equation:

$Rxy(t)=x(t)\otimes y(t)={\int}_{-\infty}^{\infty}x*(\tau )\cdot y(t+\tau )d\tau $

where the symbol $\otimes $ denotes correlation.

The discrete implementation of cross correlation is as follows. Let
${x}_{j}=0,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}j<0\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}orj\ge N$

and

${y}_{j}=0,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}j<0\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}or\text{\hspace{0.17em}}j\ge M$

Then this node obtains the elements of *h* using the following equation:

${h}_{j}=\underset{k=0}{\overset{N-1}{\sum}}{{x}_{k}}^{*}\cdot {y}_{j+k}$

for $j=-(N-1),-(N-2),\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathrm{...}\text{\hspace{0.17em}},-1,0,1,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathrm{...}\text{\hspace{0.17em}},(M-2),(M-1)$

The elements of the output sequence **Rxy** are related to the elements in the sequence *h* by

${Rxy}_{i}={h}_{i-(N-1)}$

for $i=0,1,2,\mathrm{...}\text{\hspace{0.17em}},N+M-2$

Because you cannot index arrays with negative numbers, the corresponding cross correlation value at *t* = 0 is the *N*^{th} element of the output sequence **Rxy**. Therefore, **Rxy** represents the correlation values that this node shifts *N* times in indexing.

This node applies unbiased normalization as follows:

${R}_{xy}{\left(unbiased\right)}_{j}=\frac{1}{f\left(j\right)}{Rxy}_{j}$

for *j* = 0, 1, 2, ..., *M* + *N* - 2

where *R*_{xy} is the cross correlation between *x* and *y* with no normalization. *f*(*j*) is:

This node applies biased normalization as follows:

${R}_{xy}{\left(biased\right)}_{j}=\frac{1}{\mathrm{max}(M,N)}{Rxy}_{j}$

for *j* = 0, 1, 2, ..., *M* + *N* - 2

where *R*_{xy} is the cross correlation between *x* and *y* with no normalization.

**Where This Node Can Run: **

Desktop OS: Windows

FPGA: Not supported

Web Server: Not supported in VIs that run in a web application