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Global optimization methods for estimation of descriptive models
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Using mathematical models with the purpose to understand and store knowlegde about a system is not a new field in science with early contributions dated back to, e.g., Kepler’s laws of planetary motion.

The aim is to obtain such a comprehensive predictive and quantitative knowledge about a phenomenon so that mathematical expressions or models can be used to forecast every relevant detail about that phenomenon. Such models can be used for reducing pollutions from car engines; prevent aviation incidents; or developing new therapeutic drugs. Models used to forecast, or predict, the behavior of a system are refered to predictive models. For such, the estimation problem aims to find one model and is well known and can be handeled by using standard methods for global nonlinear optimization.

Descriptive models are used to obtain and store quantitative knowledge of system. Estimation of descriptive models has not been much described by the literature so far; instead the methods used for predictive models have beed applied. Rather than finding one particular model, the parameter estimation for descriptive models aims to find every model that contains descriptive information about the system. Thus, the parameter estimation problem for descriptive models can not be stated as a standard optimization problem.

The main objective for this thesis is to propose methods for estimation of descriptive models. This is made by using methods for nonlinear optimization including both new and existing theory.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för systemteknik , 2008. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
systems theory, global optimization, descriptive models
National Category
Computational Mathematics
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-11781ISRN: LiTH-ISY-EX--08/3994--SEOAI: diva2:18202
2008-03-28, Algoritmen, B-huset, Linköpings universitet, 581 83 LINKÖPING, 15:00 (English)
Available from: 2008-05-29 Created: 2008-05-29Bibliographically approved

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