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Consider a system {f(j ,e)} of orthonormal functions that vanish outside a finite interval: s f(j,8)f(k,8)d8 00 (71) 6jk -oo Let g(j ,~) denote the generalized Fourier transform of f(j,8). It follows from (70): S f(j,8)[fc(~,e) 00 g(j,~) = iV2 -oo (72) + f 5 (~,e)]d8 Equation (71) may be transformed as follows: 00 00 J f(j,8){iV2 Jg(k,~)[fc(~,e) + f 5 (~,S)]d~}d9 6jk J g(k,~){iV2 Jf(j,S)[fc(~,s) + f s ( ~ ' 9 ) ] d8 }~ 6jk -oo -oo 00 00 -oo -co 00 Jg(k,~)g(j,~)~ -oo 6jk (73) 1. MATHEMATICAL FOUNDATIONS 38 An orthogonal system {f(j ,9 )} that vanishes outside a fi- nite interval is transformed by the generalized Fourier transform into an orthogonal system {g(j,~)}.

Another definition due to PICHLER 1 starts from the periodically continued functions sal ( 1, a) and cal ( 1, a). ::2' ••• ; -00 < a < +00 • Let now 1-1 be written as binary number; L 00 IJ = IJ s 2 -s = •• •IJ 2 22 +IJ I 21 +IJ 0 20 +IJ -I 2"1 +IJ -2 2-2 s:-oo is either 1 or 0. 1-1 is called dyadic rational, if the sum has a finite number of terms. This means, there must be at most a finite number of binary digits to the right of the binary point. 1. 12 and 13 for the 1The non-denumerable system of Walsh functions required for the Walsh-Fourier transform is due to FINE [12], who also pointed out first the existence of such a transform.

The largest number is obtained, if all these factors are 1; the resulting number, is obtained for h = (2 5 -1) e j. This means, that in binary notation j has zeros where h has ones and vice versa. A group thus contains the Walsh functions wal(O, 8) to wal(2 5 -1,8), a total of 2 5 functions. Subgroups contain the functions wal(0,8) to wal(2'-1,8), 0 ~ r < s. These are all the subgroups. Since a subgroup contains 2' elements it has 2 5 /2' = 2 5 _, cosets. Evidently, powers of 2 play an important role for Walsh functions.