scipy.signal.filtfilt¶

scipy.signal.
filtfilt
(b, a, x, axis= 1, padtype='odd', padlen=None, method='pad', irlen=None)[source]¶ Apply a digital filter forward and backward to a signal.
This function applies a linear digital filter twice, once forward and once backwards. The combined filter has zero phase and a filter order twice that of the original.
The function provides options for handling the edges of the signal.
The function
sosfiltfilt
(and filter design usingoutput='sos'
) should be preferred overfiltfilt
for most filtering tasks, as secondorder sections have fewer numerical problems. Parameters
 b(N,) array_like
The numerator coefficient vector of the filter.
 a(N,) array_like
The denominator coefficient vector of the filter. If
a[0]
is not 1, then both a and b are normalized bya[0]
. xarray_like
The array of data to be filtered.
 axisint, optional
The axis of x to which the filter is applied. Default is 1.
 padtypestr or None, optional
Must be ‘odd’, ‘even’, ‘constant’, or None. This determines the type of extension to use for the padded signal to which the filter is applied. If padtype is None, no padding is used. The default is ‘odd’.
 padlenint or None, optional
The number of elements by which to extend x at both ends of axis before applying the filter. This value must be less than
x.shape[axis]  1
.padlen=0
implies no padding. The default value is3 * max(len(a), len(b))
. methodstr, optional
Determines the method for handling the edges of the signal, either “pad” or “gust”. When method is “pad”, the signal is padded; the type of padding is determined by padtype and padlen, and irlen is ignored. When method is “gust”, Gustafsson’s method is used, and padtype and padlen are ignored.
 irlenint or None, optional
When method is “gust”, irlen specifies the length of the impulse response of the filter. If irlen is None, no part of the impulse response is ignored. For a long signal, specifying irlen can significantly improve the performance of the filter.
 Returns
 yndarray
The filtered output with the same shape as x.
See also
Notes
When method is “pad”, the function pads the data along the given axis in one of three ways: odd, even or constant. The odd and even extensions have the corresponding symmetry about the end point of the data. The constant extension extends the data with the values at the end points. On both the forward and backward passes, the initial condition of the filter is found by using
lfilter_zi
and scaling it by the end point of the extended data.When method is “gust”, Gustafsson’s method [1] is used. Initial conditions are chosen for the forward and backward passes so that the forwardbackward filter gives the same result as the backwardforward filter.
The option to use Gustaffson’s method was added in scipy version 0.16.0.
References
 1
F. Gustaffson, “Determining the initial states in forwardbackward filtering”, Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 46, pp. 988992, 1996.
Examples
The examples will use several functions from
scipy.signal
.>>> from scipy import signal >>> import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
First we create a one second signal that is the sum of two pure sine waves, with frequencies 5 Hz and 250 Hz, sampled at 2000 Hz.
>>> t = np.linspace(0, 1.0, 2001) >>> xlow = np.sin(2 * np.pi * 5 * t) >>> xhigh = np.sin(2 * np.pi * 250 * t) >>> x = xlow + xhigh
Now create a lowpass Butterworth filter with a cutoff of 0.125 times the Nyquist frequency, or 125 Hz, and apply it to
x
withfiltfilt
. The result should be approximatelyxlow
, with no phase shift.>>> b, a = signal.butter(8, 0.125) >>> y = signal.filtfilt(b, a, x, padlen=150) >>> np.abs(y  xlow).max() 9.1086182074789912e06
We get a fairly clean result for this artificial example because the odd extension is exact, and with the moderately long padding, the filter’s transients have dissipated by the time the actual data is reached. In general, transient effects at the edges are unavoidable.
The following example demonstrates the option
method="gust"
.First, create a filter.
>>> b, a = signal.ellip(4, 0.01, 120, 0.125) # Filter to be applied. >>> np.random.seed(123456)
sig is a random input signal to be filtered.
>>> n = 60 >>> sig = np.random.randn(n)**3 + 3*np.random.randn(n).cumsum()
Apply
filtfilt
to sig, once using the Gustafsson method, and once using padding, and plot the results for comparison.>>> fgust = signal.filtfilt(b, a, sig, method="gust") >>> fpad = signal.filtfilt(b, a, sig, padlen=50) >>> plt.plot(sig, 'k', label='input') >>> plt.plot(fgust, 'b', linewidth=4, label='gust') >>> plt.plot(fpad, 'c', linewidth=1.5, label='pad') >>> plt.legend(loc='best') >>> plt.show()
The irlen argument can be used to improve the performance of Gustafsson’s method.
Estimate the impulse response length of the filter.
>>> z, p, k = signal.tf2zpk(b, a) >>> eps = 1e9 >>> r = np.max(np.abs(p)) >>> approx_impulse_len = int(np.ceil(np.log(eps) / np.log(r))) >>> approx_impulse_len 137
Apply the filter to a longer signal, with and without the irlen argument. The difference between y1 and y2 is small. For long signals, using irlen gives a significant performance improvement.
>>> x = np.random.randn(5000) >>> y1 = signal.filtfilt(b, a, x, method='gust') >>> y2 = signal.filtfilt(b, a, x, method='gust', irlen=approx_impulse_len) >>> print(np.max(np.abs(y1  y2))) 1.80056858312e10