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Least Mean Square Algorithm (using C++)

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Implementing LMS algorithm using C++


LMS algorithm is one of the most popular adaptive algorithms because of its simplicity. Computing LMS does not require computing of correlation matrix, or even computing of matrix inversions. Indeed, it is the simplicity of the LMS algorithm that has made it the standard against which other adaptive filtering algorithms are benchmarked.

Overview of the Structure and Operation of the Least Mean Square Algorithm

The least-mean-square (LMS) algorithm is a linear adaptive filtering algorithm that consists of two basic processes:

  1. A filtering process, which involves (a) computing the output of a transversal filter produced by a set of tap inputs, and (b) generating an estimation error by comparing this output to a desired response.
  2. An adaptive process which involves the automatic adjustment of the tap weights of the filter in accordance with the estimation error.

Adaptive structures have been used for different applications in adaptive filtering such as:

  • Noise cancellation
  • System identification
  • Adaptive predictor
  • Equalization
  • Inverse modeling
  • Interference cancellation

In this article, we are going to implement our example in system identification.

System Identification

Figure 1 shows an adaptive filter structure that can be used for system identification or modeling. The same input u is to an unknown system in parallel with an adaptive filter. The error signal e is the difference between the response of the unknown system d and the response of adaptive filter y. The error signal fed back to the adaptive filter and is used to update the adaptive filter’s coefficients until the overall out y = d. When this happens, the adaptation process is finished, and e approaches zero.


As you see in Figure 1, y (n) is the output of the adaptive filter:

Where w<sub>k</sub> (n) represent M weights or coefficients for a specific time n. The convolution equation can be implemented something like this:

for (int i = 0; i < M; i++)
        Y += (W[i] * X[i]);		//calculate filter output

A performance measure is needed to determine how good the filter is. This measure is based on the error signal...

... which is the difference between desired signal d (n) and adaptive filters output y (n). The weights or coefficients wk (n) are adjusted such that a mean squared error function is minimized. This mean square error function is E [e<sup>2</sup> (n)], where E represents the expected value. Since there are k weights or coefficients, a gradient of the mean squared error function is required. An estimate can be found instead using the gradient of e<sup>2</sup> (n), yielding

That can be implemented like this:

E = D - Y;		//calculate error signal

for (int i = 0; i < M ; i++)
	W[i] = W[i] + (mu * E * X[i]);		//update filter coefficients

LMS Example in Code

We illustrate the following steps for the adaptation process using the adaptive structure in Figure 1:

  1. Generate some random data for LMS filter input.
  2. Assume a system that we are going to estimate it like this: H[M] = { 1, 0.5, 0.25, 0.125, 0.0625 }
  3. Build desired signal by convolving the generated random data and assumed H.
  4. Calculate the adaptive filter output y.
  5. Calculate the error signal
  6. Update each LMS filter weights
  7. Repeat the entire adaptive process for the next output sample point.

Generating Input and Desired Signals:

for (int i = 0; i < I; i++)
		Input[i] = rand() / (float)RAND_MAX;

	for (int i = 0; i < I; i++)
		for (int j = 0; j < M; j++)
			if (i - j >= 0)
				Desired[i] += Input[i - j] * H[j];

All Together

#define mu 0.2f				//convergence rate
#define M 5					//order of filter
#define I 1000				//number of samples

double Input[I] = { 0.0 };
double Desired[I] = { 0.0 };

//double H[M] = { 1, 0.5, 0.25, 0.125, 0.0625 };	//the main system
double H[M] = { 0.0625, 0.125, 0.25, 0.5, 1 };		//we need inverse of main system to convolution

void initialize()
	for (int i = 0; i < I; i++)
		Input[i] = rand() / (float)RAND_MAX;

	for (int i = 0; i < I; i++)
	for (int j = 0; j < M; j++)
	if (i - j >= 0)
		Desired[i] += Input[i - j] * H[j];

void main()

	long T, n = 0;
	double D, Y, E;
	double W[M] = { 0.0 };
	double X[M] = { 0.0 };

	FILE	*Y_out, *error, *weights;

	Y_out = fopen("Y_OUT", "w++");				//file for output samples
	error = fopen("ERROR", "w++");				//file for error samples
	weights = fopen("WEIGHTS", "w++");			//file for weights samples

	for (T = 0; T < I; T++)
			for (int m = T; m > T - M; m--){
				if (m >= 0)
					X[M + (m - T) - 1] = Input[m];	//X new input sample for 
									//LMS filter
				else break;

			D = Desired[T];					//desired signal
			Y = 0;						//filter’output set to zero

			for (int i = 0; i < M; i++)
				Y += (W[i] * X[i]);			//calculate filter output

			E = D - Y;					//calculate error signal

			for (int i = 0; i < M; i++)
				W[i] = W[i] + (mu * E * X[i]);		//update filter coefficients

			fprintf(Y_out, "\n % 10g % 10f", (float)T, Y);
			fprintf(error, "\n % 10g % 10f", (float)T, E);

	for (int i = 0; i < M; i++)
		fprintf(weights, "\n % 10d % 10f", i, W[i]);



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About the Author

AmirAslan Haghrah
Received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering (Communication) from University of Tabriz, Tabriz, in 2013 and 2016, respectively. My research interests include digital signal processing, adaptive systems, wireless sensor networks and image processing

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