Scalar quantization is a process that maps all inputs within a specified range to a common value. This process maps inputs in a different range of values to a different common value. In effect, scalar quantization digitizes an analog signal. Two parameters determine a quantization: a partition and a codebook.

A quantization partition defines several contiguous, nonoverlapping
ranges of values within the set of real numbers. To specify a partition
in the MATLAB^{®} environment, list the distinct endpoints of the
different ranges in a vector.

For example, if the partition separates the real number line into the four sets

{x: x ≤ 0}

{x: 0< x ≤ 1}

{x: 1 < x ≤ 3}

{x: 3 < x}

then you can represent the partition as the three-element vector

partition = [0,1,3];

The length of the partition vector is one less than the number of partition intervals.

A codebook tells the quantizer which common value to assign to inputs that fall into each range of the partition. Represent a codebook as a vector whose length is the same as the number of partition intervals. For example, the vector

codebook = [-1, 0.5, 2, 3];

is one possible codebook for the partition `[0,1,3]`

.

The `quantiz`

function also returns a vector
that tells which interval each input is in. For example, the output
below says that the input entries lie within the intervals labeled
0, 6, and 5, respectively. Here, the 0th interval consists of real
numbers less than or equal to 3; the 6th interval consists of real
numbers greater than 8 but less than or equal to 9; and the 5th interval
consists of real numbers greater than 7 but less than or equal to
8.

partition = [3,4,5,6,7,8,9]; index = quantiz([2 9 8],partition)

The output is

index = 0 6 5

If you continue this example by defining a codebook vector such as

codebook = [3,3,4,5,6,7,8,9];

then the equation below relates the vector `index`

to
the quantized signal `quants`

.

quants = codebook(index+1);

This formula for `quants`

is exactly what the `quantiz`

function
uses if you instead phrase the example more concisely as below.

partition = [3,4,5,6,7,8,9]; codebook = [3,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]; [index,quants] = quantiz([2 9 8],partition,codebook);

Quantization distorts a signal. You can reduce distortion by choosing
appropriate partition and codebook parameters. However, testing and selecting
parameters for large signal sets with a fine quantization scheme can be tedious.
One way to produce partition and codebook parameters easily is to optimize them
according to a set of so-called *training data*.

The training data you use should be typical of the kinds of signals you will actually be quantizing.

The `lloyds`

function optimizes the partition and codebook
according to the Lloyd algorithm. The code below optimizes the partition and
codebook for one period of a sinusoidal signal, starting from a rough initial
guess. Then it uses these parameters to quantize the original signal using the
initial guess parameters as well as the optimized parameters. The output shows
that the mean square distortion after quantizing is much less for the optimized
parameters. The `quantiz`

function automatically computes the
mean square distortion and returns it as the third output parameter.

% Start with the setup from 2nd example in "Quantizing a Signal." t = [0:.1:2*pi]; sig = sin(t); partition = [-1:.2:1]; codebook = [-1.2:.2:1]; % Now optimize, using codebook as an initial guess. [partition2,codebook2] = lloyds(sig,codebook); [index,quants,distor] = quantiz(sig,partition,codebook); [index2,quant2,distor2] = quantiz(sig,partition2,codebook2); % Compare mean square distortions from initial and optimized [distor, distor2] % parameters.

The output is

ans = 0.0148 0.0024

The code below shows how the `quantiz`

function
uses `partition`

and `codebook`

to
map a real vector, `samp`

, to a new vector, `quantized`

,
whose entries are either -1, 0.5, 2, or 3.

partition = [0,1,3]; codebook = [-1, 0.5, 2, 3]; samp = [-2.4, -1, -.2, 0, .2, 1, 1.2, 1.9, 2, 2.9, 3, 3.5, 5]; [index,quantized] = quantiz(samp,partition,codebook); quantized

The output is below.

quantized = Columns 1 through 6 -1.0000 -1.0000 -1.0000 -1.0000 0.5000 0.5000 Columns 7 through 12 2.0000 2.0000 2.0000 2.0000 2.0000 3.0000 Column 13 3.0000

This example illustrates the nature of scalar quantization more
clearly. After quantizing a sampled sine wave, it plots the original
and quantized signals. The plot contrasts the `x`

's
that make up the sine curve with the dots that make up the quantized
signal. The vertical coordinate of each dot is a value in the vector `codebook`

.

t = [0:.1:2*pi]; % Times at which to sample the sine function sig = sin(t); % Original signal, a sine wave partition = [-1:.2:1]; % Length 11, to represent 12 intervals codebook = [-1.2:.2:1]; % Length 12, one entry for each interval [index,quants] = quantiz(sig,partition,codebook); % Quantize. plot(t,sig,'x',t,quants,'.') legend('Original signal','Quantized signal'); axis([-.2 7 -1.2 1.2])