A Framework Based on a Fittingness Factor to Enable Efficient Exploitation of Spectrum Opportunities in Cognitive Radio Networks
In order to increase CRs (Cognitive Radios) operation efficiency, there has been an interest in increasing awareness level about spectrum utilisation. In this respect, this paper proposes a new fittingness factor concept that captures the suitability of spectral resources exhibiting time-varying characteristics to support a set of heterogeneous CR applications. Different fittingness factor functions to track unknown variations of interference levels are formulated and analyzed. First, the dependency with traffic load is studied and second, the impact over the spectrum selection decision-making process in a multi-service CR context is evaluated.