The Problem of the Fading Model Selection

Marcelo Agustin TANEDA
Jun-ichi TAKADA
Kiyomichi ARAKI

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E84-B    No.3    pp.660-666
Publication Date: 2001/03/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Sensing
fading models,  propagation model,  Rayleigh,  Rice,  Nakagami,  Weibull,  fading model selection,  MDL principle,  

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Many experimentally and theoretically based models have been proposed to predict, quantitatively evaluate, and combat the fading phenomenon in mobile communication systems. However, to the best of the authors' knowledge, up to now there is no objective method to determine which is the most suitable distribution to model the fading phenomenon based on experimental data. In this work, the Minimum Description Length (MDL) criterion for model selection is proposed for that purpose. Furthermore, the MDL analysis is performed for some of the most widely used fading models based on measurements taken in a sub-urban environment.