Automatic digital modulation recognition using artificial neural network and genetic algorithm

ML Dennis Wong, A. K. Nandi

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Automatic recognition of digital modulation signals has seen increasing demand nowadays. The use of artificial neural networks for this purpose has been popular since the late 1990s. Here, we include a variety of modulation types for recognition, e.g. QAM16, V29, V32, QAM64 through the addition of a newly proposed statistical feature set. Two training algorithms for multi-layer perceptron (MLP) recogniser, namely Backpropagation with Momentum and Adaptive Learning Rate is investigated, while resilient backpropagation (RPROP) is proposed for this problem, are employed in this work. In particular, the RPROP algorithm is applied for the first time in this area. In conjunction with these algorithms, we use a separate data set as validation set during training cycle to improve generalisation. Genetic algorithm (GA) based feature selection is used to select the best feature subset from the combined statistical and spectral feature set. RPROP MLP recogniser achieves about 99% recognition performance on most SNR values with only six features selected using GA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-365
Number of pages15
JournalSignal Processing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2004


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