double VRfCorSym (const float x[], int N)


Find the correlation coefficient for a vector and its reversal


This procedure returns a value which indicates whether a given array of values is symmetric or anti-symmetric. The correlation coefficient for the vectors x[i] and x[N-1-i] is calculated as
        SUM x[i] x[N-1-i]
  rho = ----------------- .
            SUM x[i]^2

An alternate interpretation is in terms of the even (symmetric) and odd (anti-symmetric) parts of a vector,

  xe[i] = 0.5 (x[n] + x[N-1-i]),
  xo[i] = 0.5 (x[n] - x[N-1-i]).
        SUM xe[i]^2 - SUM xo[i]^2
  rho = ------------------------- .
        SUM xe[i]^2 + SUM xo[i]^2
If the vector is symmetric (x[i] = x[N-1-i]), rho is +1. If the vector is anti-symmetric (x[i] = -x[N-1-i]), the result is -1. All other cases fall in between.

A test for near symmetry or near anti-symmetry is suggested by

              SUM xo[i]^2     SUM xe[i]^2
  rho = 1 - 2 ----------- = 2 ----------- - 1.
              SUM x[i]^2      SUM x[i]^2
Declare the vector to be near-symmetric if rho >= 1 - 2 eps, where eps is the relative energy in the odd part of the vector. Similarly, declare the vector to be near-anti-symmetric if rho <= -(1 - 2 eps), where eps is the relative energy in the even part of the vector. Choosing a small value for eps, a suitable test for near symmetry or near anti-symmetry is
   (int) (1./(1.-2.*eps) * rho).
This returns +1 for a near symmetric vector, -1 for a near anti-symmetric vector and 0 otherwise.


<- double VRfCorSym
Correlation coefficient in the range -1 to +1. If the vector has all zero coefficients, the value 0 is returned.
-> const float x[]
vector of doubles (N elements)
-> int N
Number of elements in the input array

Author / revision

P. Kabal / Revision 1.4 2004/06/10

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