Non-linear system modelling based on constrained Volterra series estimates

Przemyslaw Sliwinski, Anna Marconato, Pawel Wachel, Georgios Birpoutsoukis

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A simple non-linear system modelling algorithm designed to work with limited a priori knowledge and short data records, is examined. It creates an empirical Volterra series-based model of a system using an lq-constrained least squares algorithm with q ≥ 1. If the system m· is a continuous and bounded map with a finite memory no longer than some known τ, then (for a D parameter model and for a number of measurements N) the difference between the resulting model of the system and the best possible theoretical one is guaranteed to be of order √N -1lnD, even for D ≥ N. The performance of models obtained for q = 1, 1.5 and 2 is tested on the Wiener-Hammerstein benchmark system. The results suggest that the models obtained for q > 1 are better suited to characterise the nature of the system, while the sparse solutions obtained for q = 1 yield smaller error values in terms of input-output behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2623-2629
Number of pages7
JournalIET Control Theory and Applications
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2017

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