A characterization of sparse nonstationary Gabor expansions

Emil Solsbæk Ottosen, Morten Nielsen

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We investigate the problem of constructing sparse time–frequency representations with flexible frequency resolution, studying the theory of nonstationary Gabor frames (NSGFs) in the framework of decomposition spaces. Given a painless NSGF, we construct a compatible decomposition space and prove that the NSGF forms a Banach frame for the decomposition space. Furthermore, we show that the decomposition space norm can be completely characterized by a sparseness condition on the frame coefficients and we prove an upper bound on the approximation error occurring when thresholding the frame coefficients for signals belonging to the decomposition space.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Fourier Analysis and Applications
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1048-1071
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018


  • Banach frames
  • Decomposition spaces
  • Nonlinear approximation
  • Nonstationary Gabor frames
  • Time–frequency analysis


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