Cooperative spectrum sensing in cognitive radio networks using multidimensional correlations

Dongyue Xue, Eylem Ekici, Mehmet C. Vuran

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In this paper, a multidimensional-correlation-based sensing scheduling algorithm, (CORN)2, is developed for cognitive radio networks to minimize energy consumption. A sensing quality metric is defined as a measure of the correctness of spectral availability information based on the fact that spectrum sensing information at a given space and time can represent spectrum information at a different point in space and time. The scheduling algorithm is shown to achieve a cost of sensing (e.g., energy consumption, sensing duration) arbitrarily close to the possible minimum, while meeting the sensing quality requirements. To this end, (CORN)2 utilizes a novel sensing deficiency virtual queue concept and exploits the correlation between spectrum measurements of a particular secondary user and its collaborating neighbors. The proposed algorithm is proved to achieve a distributed and arbitrarily close to optimal solution under certain, easily satisfied assumptions. Furthermore, a distributed Selective-(CORN)2 (S-(CORN)2) is introduced by extending the distributed algorithm to allow secondary users to select collaboration neighbors in densely populated cognitive radio networks. In addition to the theoretically proved performance guarantees, the algorithms are evaluated through simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6754117
Pages (from-to)1832-1843
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Cognitive radio networks
  • cooperative spectrum sensing
  • correlation
  • optimal scheduling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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