Optimal Nonparametric Identification from Arbitrary Corrupt Finite Time Series

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)769-776
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1995
Externally publishedYes


In this paper we formulate and solve a worst-case sys- tem identification problem for single-input, single-output, linear, shift-invariant, distributed parameter plants. The available a priori information in this problem consists of time-dependent upper and lower bounds on the plant impulse response and the additive output noise. The available a posteriori information consists of a corrupt finite output time series obtained in response to a known, nonzero, but otherwise arbitrary, input signal. We present a novel identification method for this problem. This method maps the available a priori and a posteriori information into an “uncertain model" of the plant, which is comprised of a nominal plant model, a bounded additive output noise, and a bounded additive model uncertainty. The upper bound on the model uncertainty is explicit and expressed in terms of both the l1and H∞ system norms. The identification method and the nominal model possess certain well-defined optimality properties and are computationally simple, requiring only the solution of a single linear programming problem. © 1995 IEEE