Local mean signal estimation over Nakagami-m fading channels

Young Chai Ko, Mohamed Slim Alouini

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Accurate and fast algorithms for the local mean signal level estimation are very important for the successful implementation of many wireless communication enabling techniques such as handoff, power control, and adaptive gain control schemes. In this paper, we present on-line simple-to-implement (i) minimum variance unbiased and (ii) maximum likelihood estimators for the local mean signal power estimation in the decibel domain. We consider a generalized Nakagami-m fading environment and show that these estimators are asymptotically efficient in the number of samples and in the fading parameter m. Numerical and simulation results confirm that these estimators outperform the sample mean estimator and quickly approach the Cramer-Rao lower bounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-374
Number of pages8
JournalWireless Communications and Mobile Computing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Mar


  • Cramer-Rao lower bound
  • Local mean signal
  • Maximum likelihood estimators
  • Minimum variance unbiased estimators
  • Nakagami fading channels
  • Wireless channel estimation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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