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Investigating the Validity of the Gaussian Approximation for the Distribution of the Aggregate Interference Power in Large Wireless Networks

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Executive Summary

The distribution of the aggregate interference power in large wireless networks has gained increasing attention with the emergence of different types of wireless networks such as ad-hoc networks, sensor networks, and cognitive radio networks. The interference in such networks is often characterized using a Poisson Point Process (PPP). As the number of interfering nodes increases, there might be a tendency to approximate the distribution of the aggregate interference power by a Gaussian random variable given that the individual interference signals are independent. However, some observations in literature suggest that this Gaussian approximation is not valid except under some specific scenarios.

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