Generalized correlation coefficient (GCC) based algorithms are popular for computations of direction of arrivals (DOA) from uniform linear arrays (ULA) due to their simplicity and ease of implementation on real time operating systems. These algorithms are however sensitive to the direction of the impinging signals arising from timing errors in the pairwise delay estimates.
Consider a microphone ULA as shown in Figure 1:
Figure 1: N microphone ULA
For each pair of unique sensors, the time delay estimate will obey
where is the time delay between microphones and , is the delay between two consecutive microphones and is the sound velocity. The so called pairwise microphone noise robustness factor, which is defined as can be used to find the least squares estimate using
To illustrate, consider a distance of , then Figure 2 below shows the NRF for different number of microphones. Thus depending on the application, a broadside solution for the desired DOA may be preferable to an endfire solution. It should also be noted that in RTOs, the signals are sampled and the pairwise delays may also suffer from inter sample delays.
Figure 2: NRF for different number of microphones in the ULA
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