Nonlinear acoustic echo cancellation based on sparse functional link representations Articles uri icon

publication date

  • July 2014

start page

  • 1172

end page

  • 1183


  • 7


  • 22

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1558-7916

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-7924


  • Recently, a new class of nonlinear adaptive filtering architectures has been introduced based on the functional link adaptive filter (FLAF) model. Here we focus specifically on the split FLAF (SFLAF) architecture, which separates the adaptation of linear and nonlinear coefficients using two different adaptive filters in parallel. This property makes the SFLAF a well-suited method for problems like nonlinear acoustic echo cancellation (NAEC), in which the separation of filtering tasks brings some performance improvement. Although flexibility is one of the main features of the SFLAF, some problem may occur when the nonlinearity degree of the input signal is not known a priori. This implies a non-optimal choice of the number of coefficients to be adapted in the nonlinear path of the SFLAF. In order to tackle this problem, we propose a proportionate FLAF (PFLAF), which is based on sparse representations of functional links, thus giving less importance to those coefficients that do not actively contribute to the nonlinear modeling. Experimental results show that the proposed PFLAF achieves performance improvement with respect to the SFLAF in several nonlinear scenarios.


  • adaptive filters; nonlinear systems; functional links; non-linear model; nonlinear acoustic echo cancellations; nonlinear adaptive filtering; nonlinear coefficient; optimal choice; sparse representation; echo suppression; functional link adaptive filters; nonlinear acoustic echo cancellation; nonlinear modeling; proportionate adaptive filters; sparse adaptive filters