Let’s take a look at a recent perspectives-style paper published in the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine called “*On the Concept of Frequency in Signal Processing: A Discussion [Perspectives]*,” (The Literature [R195]). While I criticize the paper directly, I’m hoping to use this post to provide my own perspective, and perhaps a bit of a tutorial, on the interrelated concepts of frequency, infinity, sine waves, and signal representations.

I appreciate tutorial papers in the signal-processing literature (see, for example, my post on Candan’s article about the Dirac delta [impulse] function), because my jaundiced view of the field is such that I think the basics, both of mathematics and communication-related signal-processing, are neglected in favor of fawning over the research flavor of the month. Over time, everybody–students, researchers, professors–is diminished because of this lack of attention to foundations.

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