Nonparametric estimation of transfer functions: Rates of convergence and adaptation

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The paper deals with estimating transfer functions of stable linear time-invariant systems under stochastic assumptions. We adopt a nonparametric minimax approach for measuring estimation accuracy. The quality of an estimator is measured by its worst case error over a family of transfer functions. The families with polynomially and exponentially decaying impulse response sequences are considered. We establish nonasymptotic upper bounds on accuracy of the least squares estimator for finite impulse response approximation. It is shown that attainable estimation accuracy is determined essentially by the rate at which the "true" impulse response tends to zero. Lower bounds on estimation accuracy are presented. An adaptive estimator which does not exploit any a priori information about the "true" system, is developed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)644-658
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998


  • Adaptation
  • Lower bounds
  • Nonparametric estimation
  • Rates of convergence
  • Transfer functions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


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