Two transform methods are available: the bilinear transform and the matched

**In most circumstances the bilinear transform is superior.** The principal disadvantage of the BLT
is that the frequency scale is ``warped'', i.e. distorted in a non-linear fashion, so that, e.g. for a LP filter,

0 Hz | in the analogue domain maps on to | 0 Hz | in the digital domain |

fc | in the analogue domain maps on to | fc | in the digital domain |

infinity Hz | in the analogue domain maps on to | fs/2 | in the digital domain |

In most cases this is just what you want: for a LP or BP filter you want a response which is exactly
zero at the Nyquist frequency (*fs*/2), and for a HP filter you want the response to be exactly unity
at this frequency.

The one exception to this is the Bessel filter. The only advantage of a Bessel design over a Butterworth
or Chebyshev is that the phase response is nearly linear throughout the passband, i.e. the group delay is
almost constant throughout the passband. The ``warping'' inherent in the bilinear transform method
upsets this linearity. To get round this problem, tick (check) the ``matched *z*-transform'' box.
The matched *z*-transform does not warp the frequency scale, so a digital Bessel filter designed by
this method will have the near-linear phase characteristic you'd like to see.

In fact, a low-pass filter designed by MZT is impulse-invariant with the analogue prototype, which
means that it has the same impulse response, so it behaves identically to the corresponding analogue
filter. Strictly speaking this is true only if you ignore aliasing: if the response of the digital
LP filter is not negligible at *fs*/2, the response in the vicinity of this frequency will be perturbed
by the spurious response at frequencies above *fs*/2, which are folded down into the band below *fs*/2.
That's why you're advised to check the frequency response graphs carefully if you use this method!

A further advantage of the MZT is that the number of zeros is reduced, compared with the BLT case.
Further information is given in the
PostScript documentation
for the `mkfilter` program. An LP filter designed by MZT has no *z*-plane zeros. This means that no
`xvals` vector is required; this improves efficiency. Have a look at the generated code.

To summarize: you might use the matched *z*-transform if

- you want a Bessel filter with an optimally linear phase response; or
- you are more concerned with efficiency than with the quality of the frequency response.

Tony Fisher / fisher@minster.york.ac.uk