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Applied Optimal Estimation


This classic and respected work places major emphasis on practical applications, treating the subject more from an engineering than a mathematical point of view. Theoretical and mathematical concepts are developed sufficiently to make the book an excellent resource.

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Applied Optimal Estimation (MIT Press)

Written by The Analytic Sciences Corporation, edited by Arthur Gelb 

This book on the optimal estimation places its major emphasis on practical applications, treating the subject more from an engineering than a mathematical orientation. Even so, theoretical and mathematical concepts are introduced and developed sufficiently to make the book a self-contained source of instruction for readers without prior knowledge of the basic principles of the field. The work is the product of the technical staff of the The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC), an organization whose success has resulted largely from its applications of optimal estimation techniques to a wide variety of real situations involving large-scale systems.

Arthur Gelb (editor) writes in the Foreword that “It is our intent throughout to provide a simple and interesting picture of the central issues underlying modern estimation theory and practice. Heuristic, rather than theoretically elegant, arguments are used extensively, with emphasis on physical insights and key questions of practical importance.”

Numerous illustrative examples, many based on actual applications, have been interspersed throughout the text to lead the student to a concrete understanding of the theoretical material. The inclusion of problems with “built-in” answers at the end of each of the nine chapters further enhances the self-study potential of the text.

After a brief historical prelude, the book introduces the mathematics underlying random process theory and state-space characterization of linear dynamic systems. The theory and practice of optimal estimation is them presented, including filtering, smoothing, and prediction. Both linear and non-linear systems, and continuous- and discrete-time cases, are covered in considerable detail. New results are described concerning the application of co-variance analysis to non-linear systems and the connection between observers and optimal estimators.

The final chapters treat such practical and often pivotal issues as sub-optimal filtering, sensitivity analysis, algorithm structure, and computer loading considerations.

Publisher: The MIT Press
Copyright: 1974
Pages: 374
ISBN-10: 0262570483
ISBN-13: 978-0262570480
List Price: $55.00

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