# Forum: DSP Finding peaks

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Hello everyone,

I am looking for frequency (fft magnitude) peaks for specific activity.
In order to confirm my theory, I have performed experiments in many
different situations. So, what I need to do is to get specific peaks for
my desired activities. Once I confirm those peaks do not happen in any
other situation(noise, power supply ripple..) my theory is correct.

So now, I have a hard time how to distinguish those peaks.
Is there any specific method (algorithm) that exists, or should I just
look for unions, and differences in my data.

Hope I explained enough,

wg

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ana wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
> I am looking for frequency (fft magnitude) peaks for specific activity.
> In order to confirm my theory, I have performed experiments in many
> different situations. So, what I need to do is to get specific peaks for
> my desired activities. Once I confirm those peaks do not happen in any
> other situation(noise, power supply ripple..) my theory is correct.
>

Hi,
just for clarification: Are you looking for a way to find the local
maxima of a two dimensional curve, consisting of measured values? Or...
- ... in more than two dimensions?
- ... with constraints regarding the detection of maxima?
- ... under hard (time/space/whatever) conditions?
- ... using interpolation, to find the "real" value?
- ... do you want to skip the fft?
- ... ?

> So now, I have a hard time how to distinguish those peaks.

Umm, of course the most simple algorithm to find a maximum in 2d may be:
 1 if (x[n] > x[n-1]) && (x[n] > x[n+1]) then  2  print "maximum found." 
It runs in situ and in linear time, so there is basically nothing wrong
with it.

When the problem becomes more complicated there may be a bunch of
methods you can try, depending on the concrete constraints; e.g.
- and surely a lot more...