Computer & Electronics Engineering, Department of


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IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS, VOL. 10, NO. 7, JULY 2011; Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/TWC.2011.050511.101560


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In this paper, we present a simple approach to evaluating the performance of amplify-and-forward cooperative diversity. The 𝑄-function can be asymptotically reduced to a delta (impulse) function. We extend the result to cooperative networks in fading channels. The proposed approach introduces a simple technique to evaluate the performance of complex networks by sampling.