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Equation (12) is the solution to an optimization problem
that arises in many applications.
Now that we know the solution, let us formally define the problem.
First, we will solve a simpler problem with real values:
we will choose to minimize the quadratic function of *x*:
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(14) |

The second term is called a ``**damping** factor"
because it prevents *x* from going to when .Set *dQ*/*dx*=0, which gives
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(15) |

This yields the earlier answer .
With Fourier transforms,
the signal *X* is a complex number at each frequency .So we generalize equation (14) to

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(16) |

To minimize *Q* we could use a real-values approach,
where we express
*X*=*u*+*iv* in terms of two real values *u* and *v*
and then set and .The approach we will take, however,
is to use complex values,
where we set
and .Let us examine :
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(17) |

The derivative is
the complex conjugate of .So if either is zero, the other is too.
Thus we do not need to specify both
and .I usually set
equal to zero.
Solving equation (17) for *X*
gives equation (12).

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10/21/1998