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This paper proposes enhancements to the channel-state estimation phase of a cognitive radio system. Cognitive radio devices have the ability to dynamically select their operating configurations, based on environment aspects, goals, profiles, preferences etc. The proposed method aims at evaluating the various candidate configurations that a cognitive transmitter may operate in, by associating a capability e.g., achievable bit-rate, with each of these configurations. It takes into account calculations of channel capacity provided by Channel-State estimation Information (CSI) and the sensed environment, and at the same time increases the certainty about the configuration evaluations by considering past experience and knowledge through the use of Bayesian networks.
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