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pseudorandom noise

Noise that satisfies one or more of the standard tests for statistical randomness. (188) Note 1: Although it seems to lack any definite pattern, pseudorandom noise contains a sequence of pulses that repeat themselves, albeit after a long time or a long sequence of pulses. Note 2: For example, in spread-spectrum systems, modulated carrier transmissions appear as pseudorandom noise to a receiver (a) that is not locked on the transmitter frequencies or (b) that is incapable of correlating a locally generated pseudorandom code with the received signal.