The maximally achievable accuracy of linear optimal regulators and linear optimal filters

H. Kwakernaak, Raphael Sivan

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A linear system with a quadratic cost function, which is a weighted sum of the integral square regulation error and the integral square input, is considered. What happens to the integral square regulation error as the relative weight of the integral square input reduces to zero is investigated. In other words, what is the maximum accuracy one can achieve when there are no limitations on the input? It turns out that the necessary and sufficient condition for reducing the regulation error to zero is that 1) the number of inputs be at least as large as the number of controlled variables, and 2) the system possess no right-half plane zeros. These results are also "dualized" to the optimal filtering problem.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)79-86
JournalIEEE transactions on automatic control
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1972


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