Blind equalization can compensate and track the communication channel characteristic without training sequence, which can save the communication bandwidth and improve the communication quality , furthermore, it can avoid the unlock of the equalizer at the same time. Recently, many experts and scholars pay attention to the theory and algorithm of blind equalization and many progresses have been achieved. In all kinds of blind equalization algorithms, CMA has simple structure and robust convergence performance . However, the convergence rate of CMA is slow and the steady state residual error is big. Based on CMA, many improved algorithms were proposed, and MCMA is one of the improved algorithms.
Among the adaptive filtering algorithms based on stochastic gradient descent, the momentum gradient algorithm has been proved to be an effective algorithm for accelerating the convergence rate. Meanwhile, under the condition of non-convex cost function, the gradient momentum algorithm can avoid the shallow local minimum of the cost function to a certain extent, which can improve the global convergence performance . However, the momentum term in the algorithm produces additional gradient noise, which results in big steady state residual error after convergence. To overcome the disadvantage of the momentum term in the algorithm, AMCMA is a compromise method between the convergence rate and the convergence precision by adjusting the momentum factor during the iterative process. The basic ideal of AMCMA is that the bigger momentum factor is set at the initial stage of the algorithm to obtain the faster convergence rate, and with the iterative process, the momentum factor is gradually decreased to obtain the lower steady state residual error. In 1992, D.L. Yang and Z.M. Liu proposed a statistic momentum LMS (SMLMS) algorithm, in which the momentum factor is designed according to the output error function, and this method improved the performance of momentum gradient algorithm. In 1998, J. B. Xu and Y. M. Wang proposed an AMCMA blind equalization based on stop-and-go algorithm, but the parameters for adjusting the momentum factor lack of theory basis . The momentum CMA blind equalization proposed in  is a variable study step size algorithm actually, which is a MCMA blind equalization method without considering the study step size. The MCMA blind equalization proposed in  and  based on the nonlinear transformation of the transient output error of equalizer improved the convergence performance. However, there are still no theory bases of the parameters setting. Hereby, we proposed an adaptive momentum CMA algorithm controlled by energy steady state based on the analysis of momentum term in the gradient algorithm. The proposed algorithm use the energy change rate of the blind equalizer weights as the threshold to judge the steady state during the convergence process, which can take full advantage of the momentum term for accelerating the convergence rate and overcome the additional gradient noise by momentum term after convergence. The computer simulation results show the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm.
2. The Basic Principle of CMA
Figure 1 shows the basic principle of CMA blind equalization. Where is the input signal, is the channel impulse response, is the channel noise with Gaussian distribution commonly, is the received signal before equalization, is the weights of the blind equalizer, is the output signal of the blind equalizer.
The essence of blind equalization is to recovery the send signal without the information of send signal and the channel . According to the
Figure 1. Block diagram of CMA blind equalization.
communication signal transmission principle, the received signal can be given by
And the output can be given by
CMA blind equalization utilize the higher order statistics of the transmission signal indirectly, which cost function can be given by 
where r is the constant modulus, which can be computed according to transmission signal as follow
According to stochastic gradient descent algorithm, the blind equalizer weights updating formula of CMA blind equalization can be given by 
where is the study step size and is the transient gradient error which can be given by
3. Momentum CMA Blind Equalization
3.1. Adaptive Momentum CMA
For the convergence rate of CMA blind equalization is very slow, it needs a large number of information symbols to capture the channel characteristics, which results in high bit error rate (BER) in receiver signal. Especially in high speed communication system or in time varying channel conditions, the performance of CMA blind equalization shows very poor for tracking the channel characteristics. Momentum gradient algorithm can improve the convergence rate significantly, and it can avoid falling into the shallow local minimum of the non-convex cost function to improve the global convergence ability. The momentum CMA blind equalization updates the equalizer weights by Equation (7), which a momentum term adds to the updating formula of CMA.
where is the momentum factor which controls the contribution of momentum term in the algorithm and is the momentum term. If let , then
Furthermore, can be rewritten as follow
where is the transient gradient that is defined according to CMA cost function. To ensure the algorithm has robust convergence performance, it requires . If , the momentum term has no effect on the accelerating convergence of the algorithm. Therefore, the range of momentum factor is . When the ideal equalization condition is reached, it expects . Meanwhile, Equation (7) shows that when ideal equalization is reached, the momentum term incurs additional gradient noise, which results in big steady state residual error after the algorithm convergence.
Adaptive momentum algorithms update the weights of equalizer by the bigger momentum factor in the initial stage to accelerate the convergence rate, and the momentum factor is gradually reduced to obtain a smaller steady-state residual error in the iterative process, which can make a tradeoff between convergence rate and convergence precision. Typical adaptive momentum algorithms have the following forms
where is ratio coefficient as a variable parameter.
where is mean square error which can be estimated by
where is the forgetting factor and is the decision output of .
In Equation (13) and Equation (14), is an adjustable parameter and p is a parameter which control the positive or negative of . Among the above adaptive momentum gradient algorithms, Equation (13) and Equation (14) have little difference. In the convergence direction of the algorithm, both and gradually reduce according to the statistical significance and tend to 0. If the parameters are set appropriate, the momentum factor must have a decreasing trend and if the algorithm obtains convergence result, the following result can be obtained
Therefore, the adaptive momentum gradient algorithms according to Equation (13) and Equation (14) have the similar form with Equation (10). Furthermore, they have experience parameter p needing to set and more parameters lead the algorithm to have not to be used universally. By contrast, the adaptive momentum gradient algorithm given by Equation (11) needs no parameter to be set, however, the momentum factor has no theory basis in the algorithm and the performance shows difference under different modulate signal or different SNR conditions.
3.2. Analysis of Energy Steady State and the Algorithm Design
Based on the analysis of momentum gradient algorithm, the momentum factor should has a bigger value to accelerate the convergence rate in the initial stage of the algorithm, when the ideal equalization is reached, the momentum factor should be 0 to avoid the additional gradient noise. A point of view was proposed in  that the negative momentum factor can reduce the residual error. However, there is no theoretical basis for this view. A large number of simulation results show that whether the momentum factor is positive or negative, the steady state error will increase, that is, the gradient noise will increase compared with the traditionalstochastic gradient descent algorithm.
Hereby an adaptive momentum CMA blind equalization controlled by energy steady state was proposed. According to adaptive filter theory, the weights of equalizer reach to steady state when the algorithm achieves convergence. The energy of the weights of the equalizer is defined as follow
where L is the length of the blind equalizer. Then the energy change rate of the weights of the blind equalizer can be defined as follow
The energy of the weights of the blind equalizer will reach to steady state, and then the energy change rate tends to 0. However, in the actual communication system, the received signal is often interfered by the noise, which results in the energyof the blind equalizer shows jitter downward trend. Here is estimated by sliding window as follow
where is the forgetting factor. When , it can judge the algorithm has converge to the steady state. Therefore, the updating method of the momentum factor of the adaptive momentum CMA blind equalization controlled by the energy change ratio can be given by
4. Computer Simulation and Analysis
To verify the performance of the adaptive momentum CMA blind equalization controlled by energy steady state, computer simulation has done to compare with the statistical momentum CMA (SMCMA) and mean square error controlled momentum CMA (MSEMCMA). Because the adaptive momentum algorithm proposed in  and  has the same sense with SMCMA and experience needs to set, here is no longer compare. In the simulation, the channel model is sparse underwater acoustic channel with two paths  and its transfer function can be given by
The transmission signal is equal probability binary sequence and modulate by QPSK. The noise in the channel is adding Gaussian white noise and . The length of the blind equalizer is 48 with the centre tap initializes to 1 and the others taps initialize to 0. The study step size . In SMCMA, the parameter of the momentum control function and the initial momentum factor . In the estimation of the mean square error and the energy change rate , the forgetting factor . The initial energy change rate value of the blind equalizer is set . The performance comparison conducted by the residual inter-symbol interference (ISI)  which defined as follow
where is the combined impulse response of the channel and the blind equalizer. The residual inter-symbol interference convergence result in the simulation achieved across 500 times Monte-Carlo is shown in Figure 2. The energy change rate of the blind equalizer vary with the iterative times is shown in Figure 3.
Figure 2. ISI convergence curve.
Figure 3. Energy change rate curve.
Figure 2 shows that the proposed method (ECMCMA) has the same convergence rate with the MCMA in the initial stage of the algorithm. However, ECMCMA has lower steady state residual error than MCMA after the algorithm convergence, and the steady state residual error has the same level with CMA. SMCMA and MSECMA improve the convergence rate ability is not as good as ECMCMA. Furthermore, the steady state residual error of SMCMA and MSECMA is higher than CMA. Figure 3 shows that the energy of the blind equalizer weights reaches to the steady state when the energy change rate lower than 10−3, which shows 10−3 can be taken as the criterion of the momentum factor adjustment.
The simulation results show that ECMCMA can take full advantage of the momentum term to accelerate the convergence rate. Meanwhile, it can avoid the additional gradient noise introduced by momentum term after the algorithm convergence. Also, ECMCMA can be applied with the other improved MCMA to further improve the convergence performance.
Momentum CMA blind equalization can improve the convergence rate and avoid the local minimum of the non-convex cost function during the iterative process. However, the additional gradient noise is introduced by momentum term after the algorithm convergence, which results in the steady state residual error increase. Adaptive momentum CMA blind equalization reduces the momentum factor during the iterative process to obtain a compromise result between convergence rate and convergence precision. This work proposed an adaptive momentum CMA blind equalization controlled by energy steady state, in which the energy change rate of the blind equalizer is defined. The threshold is set according to the energy change rate which controls the scope of action of the momentum term in the algorithm. ECMCMA takes full advantage of the momentum term to accelerate the convergence rate of the algorithm and avoid the additional gradient noise introduced by momentum term. The computer simulation results show the effectiveness of ECMCMA.
This work was partially supported by National Science Foundation of P.R. China (Grant: 61201418), Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant: DC201502060302) and Liaoning Province High School Talent Support Program (Grant: LJQ2013126).
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