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In this paper we introduce a new identification algorithm for MIMO bilinear systems driven by white noise inputs. The new algorithm is based on a convergent sequence of linear deterministic-stochastic state space approximations, thus considered a Picard based method. The key to the algorithm is the fact that the bilinear terms behave like white noise processes. Using a linear Kalman filter, the bilinear terms can be estimated and combined with the system inputs at each iteration, leading to a linear system which can be identified with a linear-deterministic subspace algorithm such as MOESP, N4SID, or CVA. Furthermore, the model parameters obtained with the new algorithm converge to those of a bilinear model. Finally, the dimensions of the data matrices are comparable to those of a linear subspace algorithm, thus avoiding the curse of dimensionality.
Date of Conference: 12-15 Dec. 2005