MA Estimation in Polynomial Time
1999 (English)In: Proceedings of the 38th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 1999, 3671-3676 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
The parameter estimation of moving-average (MA) signals from second-order statistics was deemed for a long time to be a difficult nonlinear problem for which no computationally convenient and reliable solution was possible. In this paper we show how the problem of MA parameter estimation from sample covariances can be formulated as a semidefinite program which can be solved in polynomial time as efficiently as a linear program. Two methods are proposed which rely on two specific (over)parametrizations of the MA covariance sequence, whose use makes the minimization of the covariance fitting criterion a convex problem. The MA estimation algorithms proposed here are computationally fast, statistically accurate, and reliable (i.e. they never fail). None of the previously available algorithms for MA estimation (methods based on higher-order statistics included) shares all these desirable properties. Our methods can also be used to obtain the optimal least squares approximant of an invalid (estimated) MA spectrum (that takes on negative values at some frequencies), which was another long-standing problem in the signal processing literature awaiting a satisfactory solution.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1999. 3671-3676 p.
Time series analysis, Spectral analysis, Semidefinite programming
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-91202DOI: 10.1999/CDC.1999.827924ISBN: 0-7803-5250-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-91202DiVA: diva2:616812
38th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Phoenix, AZ, USA, December, 1999