Past Meetup

A New Approach to Linear Filtering and Prediction Problems

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Every 2 months on the 4th Wednesday

Excella Consulting Arlington Tech Exchange ATX

2300 Wilson Blvd · Arlington, VA

How to find us

We'll be on the 6th floor; follow the signs. Check with the front desk for help with the elevator.

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// Tentative Schedule

• 7:00-7:30–Informal paper discussion

• 7:30-7:35–Introduction and announcements

• 7:35-8:40–A New Approach to Linear Filtering and Prediction Problems (presentation/discussion) with Garret Vo

• 8:40-9:00–Informal paper discussion

// Directions

Excella Consulting Arlington Tech Exchange (
2300 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

This month, Excella Consulting is hosting us at the Arlington Tech Exchange. It's located conveniently off Wilson Blvd in Arlington. There's parking available, and it's just a quick walk from the Courthouse Metro Station. We'll be on the 6th floor; follow the signs.

If you're late, we totally understand–please still come! Just be sure to slip in quietly if a speaker is presenting.

// Papers

A New Approach to Linear Filtering and Prediction Problems by R.E. Kalman (1960)

The classical filtering and prediction problem is re-examined using the Bode-Shannon representation of random processes and the “state transition” method of analysis of dynamic systems. New results are:
(1) The formulation and methods of solution of the problem apply without modification to stationary and nonstationary statistics and to growing-memory and infinite- memory filters.
(2) A nonlinear difference (or differential) equation is derived for the covariance matrix of the optimal estimation error. From the solution of this equation the co- efficients of the difference (or differential) equation of the optimal linear filter are ob- tained without further calculations.
(3) The filtering problem is shown to be the dual of the noise-free regulator problem.
The new method developed here is applied to two well-known problems, confirming and extending earlier results.
The discussion is largely self-contained and proceeds from first principles; basic concepts of the theory of random processes are reviewed in the Appendix.