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mne.filter.construct_iir_filter(iir_params, f_pass=None, f_stop=None, sfreq=None, btype=None, return_copy=True)[source]

Use IIR parameters to get filtering coefficients.

This function works like a wrapper for iirdesign and iirfilter in scipy.signal to make filter coefficients for IIR filtering. It also estimates the number of padding samples based on the filter ringing. It creates a new iir_params dict (or updates the one passed to the function) with the filter coefficients (‘b’ and ‘a’) and an estimate of the padding necessary (‘padlen’) so IIR filtering can be performed.


As of 0.14, second-order sections will be used in filter design by default (replacing output='ba' by output='sos') to help ensure filter stability and reduce numerical error. Second-order sections filtering requires SciPy >= 16.0.

iir_params : dict

Dictionary of parameters to use for IIR filtering.

  • If iir_params['sos'] exists, it will be used as second-order sections to perform IIR filtering.

    New in version 0.13.

  • Otherwise, if iir_params['b'] and iir_params['a'] exist, these will be used as coefficients to perform IIR filtering.

  • Otherwise, if iir_params['order'] and iir_params['ftype'] exist, these will be used with scipy.signal.iirfilter to make a filter.

  • Otherwise, if iir_params['gpass'] and iir_params['gstop'] exist, these will be used with scipy.signal.iirdesign to design a filter.

  • iir_params['padlen'] defines the number of samples to pad (and an estimate will be calculated if it is not given). See Notes for more details.

  • iir_params['output'] defines the system output kind when designing filters, either “sos” or “ba”. For 0.13 the default is ‘ba’ but will change to ‘sos’ in 0.14.

f_pass : float or list of float

Frequency for the pass-band. Low-pass and high-pass filters should be a float, band-pass should be a 2-element list of float.

f_stop : float or list of float

Stop-band frequency (same size as f_pass). Not used if ‘order’ is specified in iir_params.

sfreq : float | None

The sample rate.

btype : str

Type of filter. Should be ‘lowpass’, ‘highpass’, or ‘bandpass’ (or analogous string representations known to scipy.signal.iirfilter()).

return_copy : bool

If False, the ‘sos’, ‘b’, ‘a’, and ‘padlen’ entries in iir_params will be set inplace (if they weren’t already). Otherwise, a new iir_params instance will be created and returned with these entries.

iir_params : dict

Updated iir_params dict, with the entries (set only if they didn’t exist before) for ‘sos’ (or ‘b’, ‘a’), and ‘padlen’ for IIR filtering.


This function triages calls to scipy.signal.iirfilter() and scipy.signal.iirdesign() based on the input arguments (see linked functions for more details).


iir_params can have several forms. Consider constructing a low-pass filter at 40 Hz with 1000 Hz sampling rate.

In the most basic (2-parameter) form of iir_params, the order of the filter ‘N’ and the type of filtering ‘ftype’ are specified. To get coefficients for a 4th-order Butterworth filter, this would be:

>>> iir_params = dict(order=4, ftype='butter', output='sos')  # doctest:+SKIP
>>> iir_params = construct_iir_filter(iir_params, 40, None, 1000, 'low', return_copy=False)  # doctest:+SKIP
>>> print((2 * len(iir_params['sos']), iir_params['padlen']))  # doctest:+SKIP
(4, 82)

Filters can also be constructed using filter design methods. To get a 40 Hz Chebyshev type 1 lowpass with specific gain characteristics in the pass and stop bands (assuming the desired stop band is at 45 Hz), this would be a filter with much longer ringing:

>>> iir_params = dict(ftype='cheby1', gpass=3, gstop=20, output='sos')  # doctest:+SKIP
>>> iir_params = construct_iir_filter(iir_params, 40, 50, 1000, 'low')  # doctest:+SKIP
>>> print((2 * len(iir_params['sos']), iir_params['padlen']))  # doctest:+SKIP
(6, 439)

Padding and/or filter coefficients can also be manually specified. For a 10-sample moving window with no padding during filtering, for example, one can just do:

>>> iir_params = dict(b=np.ones((10)), a=[1, 0], padlen=0)
>>> iir_params = construct_iir_filter(iir_params, return_copy=False)
>>> print((iir_params['b'], iir_params['a'], iir_params['padlen']))  # doctest:+SKIP
(array([1., 1., 1., 1., 1., 1., 1., 1., 1., 1.]), [1, 0], 0)

For more information, see the tutorials Background information on filtering and Filtering and resampling data.

Examples using mne.filter.construct_iir_filter