Krylov space methods on state-space control models

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We give an overview of various Lanczos/Krylov space methods and the way in which they are being used for solving certain problems in Control Systems Theory based on state-space models. The matrix methods used are based on Krylov sequences and are closely related to modern iterative methods for standard matrix problems such as sets of linear equations and eigenvalue calculations. We show how these methods can be applied to problems in Control Theory such as controllability, observability, and model reduction. All the methods are based on the use of state-space models, which may be very sparse and of high dimensionality. For example, we show how one may compute an approximate solution to a Lyapunov equation arising from a discrete-time linear dynamic system with a large sparse system matrix by the use of the Arnoldi algorithm, and so obtain an approximate Gramian matrix. This has applications in model reduction. The close relation between the matrix Lanczos algorithm and the algebraic structure of linear control systems is also explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)733-758
Number of pages26
JournalCircuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1994


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