In this paper, we explore the Information- Theoretic Criteria, namely, Akaikes Information Criterion (AIC) and Minimum Description Length (MDL) as a tool to sense vacant sub-band over the spectrum bandwidth. The proposed technique is motivated by the fact that an idle sub-band (Normal process) presents a number of independent eigenvectors appreciably larger than for an occupied sub-band (Non-normal process). It turns out that, based on the number of the independent eigenvectors of a given covariance matrix of the observed signal, one can conclude on the nature of the sensed sub-band. Our theoretical result as well as the empirical results are first applied on experimental measurement campaign conducted at the Eur´ecom PLATON Platform. We then apply our method to an IEEE 802.11b Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) signal in order to analyze the robustness of the proposed approach in presence of increased levels of noise. We argue that the proposed sub-space based techniques give interesting results in terms of sensing the white space in the spectrum.
Cognitive radio sensing information-theoretic criteria based
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