Amplitude Parametrization

  • Jérôme Sueur
Part of the Use R! book series (USE R)


The options to assess the amplitude features of a sound are reviewed. This, in particular, includes details about the different amplitude scales (linear or logarithmic, relative or absolute), the parameters characterizing the amplitude as the crest, the root-mean-square, the signal-to-noise ratio, and the dB unit. Information about the delicate questions of attenuation and calibration are also evoked.

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  1. Merchant ND, Fristrup KM, Johnson MP, Tyack PL, Witt MJ, Blondel P, Parks SE (2015) Measuring acoustic habitats. Methods Ecol Evol 6:257–265CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jérôme Sueur
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  1. 1.Muséum National d’Histoire naturelleParisFrance

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