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Technical Report: UTEP-CS-15-77

To appear in Mathematical Structures and Modeling, 2016, Vol. 37, pp. 25-29.


Trigonometric functions form the basis of Fourier analysis - one of the main signal processing tools. However, while they are very efficient in describing smooth signals, they do not work well for signals that contain discontinuities - such as signals describing phase transitions, earthquakes, etc. It turns out that empirically, one of the most efficient ways of describing and processing such signals is to use a certain generalization of trigonometric functions. In this paper, we provide a theoretical explanation of why this particular generalization is the most empirically efficient one.