Sequential Amplitude Estimation in Multiuser Communications

Yossef Steinberg, H. Vincent Poor

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This paper considers the problem of multiuser amplitude estimation, i.e., the problem of estimating the amplitudes of several digital communications signals superimposed in the same channel. This problem is of importance in communications environments such as spread-spectrum radio networks, in which nonorthogonal multiplexing is used. Multiuser amplitude estimation is a critical prerequisite to the optimum demodulation of such signals using, for example, Verdu’s algorithm. Here, a sequential detection-estimation approach is applied to this problem, and several estimation paradigms, including the method of moments and likelihood-based estimators, are considered. The consistency, asymptotic variance, and complexity of these estimators are examined. A new method of constructing a recursive consistent and asymptotically efficient estimation algorithm out of a consistent estimator sequence is also suggested and is applied to the current setup. It is seen that detector-estimators that use these estimators in Verdu’s algorithm result, asymptotically, in (known-amplitude) optimum error probabilities with little relative increase in complexity per demodulated bit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-20
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


  • Amplitude estimation
  • multiuser communication
  • stochastic approximations


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