- August 2009
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- In this paper we present Gaussian processes for Regression (GPR) as a novel detector for CDMA digital communications. Particularly, we propose GPR for constructing analytical nonlinear multiuser detectors in CDMA communication systems. GPR can easily compute the parameters that describe its nonlinearities by maximum likelihood. Thereby, no cross-validation is needed, as it is typically used in nonlinear estimation procedures. The GPR solution is analytical, given its parameters, and it does not need to solve an optimization problem for building the nonlinear estimator. These properties provide fast and accurate learning, two major issues in digital communications. The GPR with a linear decision function can be understood as a regularized MMSE detector, in which the regularization parameter is optimally set. We also show the GPR receiver to be a straightforward nonlinear extension of the linear minimum mean square error (MMSE) criterion, widely used in the design of these receivers. We argue the benefits of this new approach in short codes CDMA systems where little information on the users' codes, users' amplitudes or the channel is available. The paper includes some experiments to show that GPR outperforms linear (MMSE) and nonlinear (SVM) state-of-the-art solutions.