Algorithms and Performance Analysis for Stochastic Wiener System Identification

Bo Wahlberg1, Lennart Ljung2

  • 1KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • 2Linkoping Univ.



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10:00 - 12:00 | Mon 17 Dec | Splash 10 | MoA18

Identification I

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We analyze the statistical performance of identification of stochastic dynamical systems with non-linear measurement sensors. This includes stochastic Wiener systems, with linear dynamics, process noise and measured by a non-linear sensor with additive measurement noise. There are many possible system identification methods for such systems, including the Maximum Likelihood (ML) method and the Prediction Error Method (PEM). The focus has mostly been on algorithms and implementation, and less is known about the statistical performance and the corresponding Cramer-Rao Lower Bound (CRLB) for identification of such non-linear systems. We derive expressions for the CRLB and the asymptotic normalized covariance matrix for certain Gaussian approximations of Wiener systems to show how a non-linear sensor affects the accuracy compared to a corresponding linear sensor. The key idea is to take second order statistics into account by using a common parametrization of the mean and the variance of the output process. This analysis also leads to a ML motivated identification method based on the conditional mean predictor and a Gaussian distribution approximation. The analysis is supported by numerical simulations.

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