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Moving root mean square


The dsp.MovingRMS System object™ computes the moving root mean square (RMS) of the input signal along each channel, independently over time. The object uses either the sliding window method or the exponential weighting method to compute the moving RMS. In the sliding window method, a window of specified length is moved over the data, sample by sample, and the RMS is computed over the data in the window. In the exponential weighting method, the object squares the data samples, multiplies them with a set of weighting factors, and sums the weighed data. The object then computes the RMS by taking the square root of the sum. For more details on these methods, see Algorithms.

To compute the moving RMS of the input:

  1. Create the dsp.MovingRMS object and set its properties.

  2. Call the object with arguments, as if it were a function.

To learn more about how System objects work, see What Are System Objects? (MATLAB).



movRMS = dsp.MovingRMS
movRMS = dsp.MovingRMS(Len)
movRMS = dsp.MovingRMS(Name,Value)


movRMS = dsp.MovingRMS returns a moving RMS object, movRMS, using the default properties.

movRMS = dsp.MovingRMS(Len) sets the WindowLength property to Len.


movRMS = dsp.MovingRMS(Name,Value) specifies additional properties using Name,Value pairs. Unspecified properties have default values.

Example: movRMS = dsp.MovingRMS('Method','Exponential weighting','ForgettingFactor',0.9);


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Unless otherwise indicated, properties are nontunable, which means you cannot change their values after calling the object. Objects lock when you call them, and the release function unlocks them.

If a property is tunable, you can change its value at any time.

For more information on changing property values, see System Design in MATLAB Using System Objects (MATLAB).

Moving RMS method, specified as 'Sliding window' or 'Exponential weighting'.

  • 'Sliding window' — A window of length specified by SpecifyWindowLength is moved over the input data along each channel. For every sample the window moves by, the object computes the RMS over the data in the window.

  • 'Exponential weighting' — The object multiplies the squares of the samples with a set of weighting factors. The magnitude of the weighting factors decreases exponentially as the age of the data increases, never reaching zero. To compute the RMS, the algorithm sums the weighted data, and takes a square root of the sum.

For more details on these methods, see Algorithms.

Flag to specify a window length, specified as a scalar Boolean.

  • true — The length of the sliding window is equal to the value you specify in the WindowLength property.

  • false — The length of the sliding window is infinite. In this mode, the RMS is computed using the current sample and all past samples.


This property applies when you set Method to 'Sliding window'.

Length of the sliding window, specified as a positive scalar integer.


This property applies when you set Method to 'Sliding window' and SpecifyWindowLength to true.

Data Types: single | double | int8 | int16 | int32 | int64 | uint8 | uint16 | uint32 | uint64

Exponential weighting factor, specified as a positive real scalar in the range (0,1].

A forgetting factor of 0.9 gives more weight to the older data than does a forgetting factor of 0.1. A forgetting factor of 1.0 indicates infinite memory. All the past samples are given an equal weight.

Since this property is tunable, you can change its value even when the object is locked.

Tunable: Yes


This property applies when you set Method to 'Exponential weighting'.

Data Types: single | double



y = movRMS(x)



y = movRMS(x) computes the moving RMS of the input signal, x, using either the sliding window method or exponential weighting method.

Input Arguments

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Data input, specified as a vector or a matrix. If x is a matrix, each column is treated as an independent channel. The moving RMS is computed along each channel. The object also accepts variable-size inputs. Once the object is locked, you can change the size of each input channel, but you cannot change the number of channels.

Data Types: single | double
Complex Number Support: Yes

Output Arguments

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Moving RMS of the input signal, returned as a vector or a matrix.

Data Types: single | double
Complex Number Support: Yes

Object Functions

To use an object function, specify the System object as the first input argument. For example, to release system resources of a System object named obj, use this syntax:


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stepRun System object algorithm
releaseRelease resources and allow changes to System object property values and input characteristics
resetReset internal states of System object


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Compute the moving RMS of a noisy square wave signal with varying amplitude using the dsp.MovingRMS object.


Set up movrmsWin and movrmsExp objects. movrmsWin uses the sliding window method with a window length of 20. movrmsExp uses the exponential weighting method with a forgetting factor of 0.995. Create a time scope for viewing the output.

FrameLength = 10;
Fs = 100;
movrmsWin = dsp.MovingRMS(20);
movrmsExp = dsp.MovingRMS('Method','Exponential weighting',...
scope  = dsp.TimeScope('SampleRate',Fs,...
    'YLimits',[-1.0 5.5]);
title = 'Sliding Window RMS (blue) and Exponentially Weighted RMS (red)';
scope.Title = title;

Compute the RMS

Generate a noisy square wave signal. Vary the amplitude of the square wave after a given number of frames. Apply the sliding window method and the exponential weighting method on this signal. View the output on the time scope.

count = 1;
Vect = [1/8 1/2 1 2 3 4];
for index = 1:length(Vect)
    V = Vect(index);
    for i = 1:160
        x = V + 0.1 * randn(FrameLength,1);
        y1 = movrmsWin(x);
        y2 = movrmsExp(x);


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[1] Bodenham, Dean. “Adaptive Filtering and Change Detection for Streaming Data.” PH.D. Thesis. Imperial College, London, 2012.

Extended Capabilities

Introduced in R2016b