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The advantage of using a unique parameterization in a numerical procedure for the identification of a system from operating records has been well established. In this paper several sets of canonical forms are described for state space models of deterministic multivariable linear systems; the members of these sets having therefore the required uniqueness property within the equivalence classes of minimal realizations of the system. In the identification of a stochastic system, it is shown how the problem depends also upon determining a unique factorization of the spectral density matrix of the system, and the sets of canonical forms obtained for the deterministic system are extended to this case.
Date of Publication: Dec 1974