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  • Print publication year: 2007
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9 - Subspace model identification


After studying this chapter you will be able to

derive the data equation that relates block Hankel matrices constructed from input–output data;

exploit the special structure of the data equation for impulse input signals to identify a state-space model via subspace methods;

use subspace identification for general input signals;

use instrumental variables in subspace identification to deal with process and measurement noise;

derive subspace identification schemes for various noise models;

use the RQ factorization for a computationally efficient implementation of subspace identification schemes; and

relate different subspace identification schemes via the solution of a least-squares problem.


The problem of identifying an LTI state-space model from input and output measurements of a dynamic system, which we analyzed in the previous two chapters, is re-addressed in this chapter via a completely different approach. The approach we take is indicated in the literature (Verhaegen, 1994; Viberg, 1995; Van Overschee and De Moor, 1996b; Katayama, 2005) as the class of subspace identification methods. These methods are based on the fact that, by storing the input and output data in structured block Hankel matrices, it is possible to retrieve certain subspaces that are related to the system matrices of the signal-generating state-space model. Examples of such subspaces are the column space of the observability matrix, Equation (3.25) on page 67, and the row space of the state sequence of a Kalman filter.