An optimal transport formulation of the linear feedback particle filter

Amirhossein Taghvaei, Prashant G. Mehta

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Feedback particle filter (FPF) is an algorithm to numerically approximate the solution of the nonlinear filtering problem in continuous time. The algorithm implements a feedback control law for a system of particles such that the empirical distribution of particles approximates the posterior distribution. However, it has been noted in the literature that the feedback control law is not unique. To find a unique control law, the filtering task is formulated here as an optimal transportation problem between the prior and the posterior distributions. Based on this formulation, a time stepping optimization procedure is proposed for the optimal control design. A key difference between the optimal control law and the one in the original FPF, is the replacement of noise term with a deterministic term. This difference serves to decrease the simulation variance, as illustrated with a simple numerical example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 American Control Conference, ACC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467386821
StatePublished - Jul 28 2016
Event2016 American Control Conference, ACC 2016 - Boston, United States
Duration: Jul 6 2016Jul 8 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2016 American Control Conference, ACC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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