Segment Transforms

For usage on computers, number theory and algebra, discrete arguments (e.g. functions of a series of discrete samples) are often more appropriate, and are handled by the transforms (analogous to the continuous cases above):

Discrete-time Fourier transform (DTFT): Equivalent to the Fourier transform of a “continuous” function that is constructed from the discrete input function by using the sample values to modulate a Dirac comb. When the sample values are derived by sampling a function on the real line, ƒ(x), the DTFT is equivalent to a periodic summation of the Fourier transform of ƒ. The DTFT output is always periodic (cyclic). An alternative viewpoint is that the DTFT is a transform to a frequency domain that is bounded (or finite), the length of one cycle.