# A newbie's question on Fourier using freqanalysis_mtmfft

Ingrid Nieuwenhuis ingrid.nieuwenhuis at FCDONDERS.RU.NL
Thu Dec 17 16:12:37 CET 2009

```Dear Anette,

Cfg.tapsmofrq is an option for multitaper analysis (cfg.taper = 'dpss'),
which might not be what you want if you want high frequency resolution.

I would recommend looking at the tutorial "Time-frequency analysis using
Hanning window, multitapers and wavelets"
http://fieldtrip.fcdonders.nl/tutorial/timefrequencyanalysis there you can

Hope this helps a bit

Best Ingrid

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From: FieldTrip discussion list [mailto:FIELDTRIP at NIC.SURFNET.NL] On Behalf
Of Anette Giani
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2009 9:48 AM
To: FIELDTRIP at NIC.SURFNET.NL
Subject: [FIELDTRIP] A newbie's question on Fourier using
freqanalysis_mtmfft

Dear all,

I am a beginner on MEG and I have some basic questions on Fourier
transformation using the function freqanalysis_mtmfft. It would be great if
you could help me!

We are interested in Steady State Responses. Therefore we recorded data 60
seconds trials.

To transform the time domain into a frequency spectrum we used the function
freqanalysis_mtmfft. However, I am not sure which value cfg.tapsmofrq. Since
we would like to have the highest frequency resolution possible I set
cfg.tapsmofrq to 0.25; the lowest value possible. Do you think that was a
good choice? Further, does this value mean that our lowest possible
frequency resolution would be 0.25? If that was the case, how could I avoid
all smoothing?

Second, do you think that it would be useful to pad the signal with zeros to
artificially increase the frequency resolution? I guess this could be done

Lastly, an even more general question: What do you think would be handier:
(1) Compute the frequency spectrum over 60 seconds, to get a high frequency
resolution or (2) to cut the signal into e.g. 4 second pieces and to average
all spectra to increase the signal to noise ratio?

Anette

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