# [SciPy-user] Lowpass Filter

Ariel Rokem arokem@berkeley....
Thu Feb 5 11:34:48 CST 2009

```Hi - I don't know if this what you want (I don't know how to use lp2lp or
scipy.signal), but one strategy that I have used is to convolve your signal
with a box-car function of a length equal to the inverse of your cut-off.
This is most definitely not the best filter known to man, but fwiw here is
the code.

For example (here I do a lowpass and then subtract the low-passed signal
from the original, effectively doing a quick-and-ugly highpass) :

box_car = np.ones(np.ceil(1.0/(f_c/TR))) #TR is the inverse of the sampling
frequency in the fMRI signal I am analyzing, f_c is the cutoff
box_car = box_car/(float(len(box_car)))

print('Normalizing and detrending time series')
for i in range(len(tSeries)):
#Detrending
#Start by applying a low-pass to the signal:
#Pad the signal on each side with the initial and terminal signal
value:
tSeries[i][:])
#Filter operation is a convolution with the box-car:
#Extract the low pass signal (by excising the central len(tSeries)
points:
s_lp=
conv_s[len(conv_s)/2-np.ceil(len(tSeries[i][:])/2.0):len(conv_s)/2+len(tSeries[i][:])/2]
#ceil(/2.0) for cases where the tSeries has an odd number of points
#Extract the high pass signal simply by subtracting the high pass
signal
#from the original signal:
tSeries[i] = tSeries[i][:] - s_lp + np.mean(s_lp) #add mean to make
sure that there are no negative values
#Normalization
tSeries[i] = tSeries[i]/np.mean(tSeries[i])-1

On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 9:17 AM, Marco <gaedol@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi list!
>
> Let's suppose a to be a 1D array with N elements.
> Basically, it's a signal of some sort.
>
> How do I apply a low pass filter (with selected frequency and width)
> to this signal?
> How to store the resulting, filtered, signal, in a new array?
>
> I had a look at lp2lp() in scipy.signal, but it returns, if I am
> right, a filter object, which then I dunno how to use to filter my
> data.
>
> Any ideas or pointers?
>
> TIA,
>
> marco
>
>
>
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