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Distributed Detection in Sensor Networks With Packet Losses and Finite Capacity Links

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3 Author(s)
V. Saligrama ; Dept. ofElectrical & Comput. Eng., Boston Univ., MA ; M. Alanyali ; O. Savas

We consider the problem of classifying among a set of M hypotheses via distributed noisy sensors. The sensors can collaborate over a communication network and the task is to arrive at a consensus about the event after exchanging messages. We apply a variant of belief propagation as a strategy for collaboration to arrive at a solution to the distributed classification problem. We show that the message evolution can be reformulated as the evolution of a linear dynamical system, which is primarily characterized by network connectivity. We show that a consensus to the centralized maximum a posteriori (MAP) estimate can almost always reached by the sensors for any arbitrary network. We then extend these results in several directions. First, we demonstrate that these results continue to hold with quantization of the messages, which is appealing from the point of view of finite bit rates supportable between links. We then demonstrate robustness against packet losses, which implies that optimal decisions can be achieved with asynchronous transmissions as well. Next, we present an account of energy requirements for distributed detection and demonstrate significant improvement over conventional decentralized detection. Finally, extensions to distributed estimation are described

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IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing  (Volume:54 ,  Issue: 11 )