sfderiv applies the first derivative filter.

The algorithm implemented in this program is described in the paper

Pei, S.-C., and P.-H. Wang, 2001, *Closed-form design of maximally flat FIR Hilbert transformers, differentiators, and fractional delayers by power series expansion*: IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems, v. 48, No. 4, 389-398.

It is based on the Taylor expansion of the inverse sine function

$$\arcsin{x} = \displaystyle \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{(2n)!}{4^n\,(n!)^2\,(2n+1)}\,x^{2n+1}$$

which turns into an expansion of the ideal derivative filter into a chain of digital filters. The **order=** parameter controls the order of the expansion and the accuracy-efficiency trade-off. The following example from rsf/rsf/sfderiv shows the frequency responses and the impulse responses for differentiators of different orders

An alternative is sfigrad, which implements a simple first-order derivative. igrad is more efficient and adequate when computing derivatives of smooth functions.

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Esteban11 years agoI have been looking into this paper for a class in numerical solutions to PDEs to get optimized coefficients. d2fdt2.rsf).

This paper gives good approximation to first order differentiators. What about second to n order derivatives?

To get around this I use Fornberg, 1988 paper which gives similar results for first order derivatives, and optimized ones for higher order ones (which is much better than doing

After I am done with classes, I will put something under my user.

Cheers,

Esteban

Esteban11 years agoI just added a new example (book/rsf/rsf/sfnderiv) comparing sfderiv with sfnderiv, a new

program based on Fornberg, 1988 paper.

I demonstrate that both programs have equal impulse response for first derivatives.

For higher order derivatives sfnderiv is better that piping several passes of sfderiv.