On the problem of reconstructing an unknown topology via locality properties of the wiener filter

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Determining interrelatedness structure of various entities from multiple time series data is of significant interest to many areas. Knowledge of such a structure can aid in identifying cause and effect relationships, clustering of similar entities, identification of representative elements and model reduction. The majority of existing results are based on correlation based indices which effectively assume a static relationship between the time series data and are not suitable for detecting interrelatedness when the time series are dynamically related or when the time series involve loops. In this paper, a methodology for identifying the interrelatedness structure of dynamically related time series data is presented that also allows for the presence of loops in the connectivity structure. A linear dynamic graph model is presented where it is assumed that each time series data is the sum of an independent stochastic noise source and a dynamically weighted sum of other time series data. A link is assumed to be present between two time series if the weight of a time series, which is a linear time-invariant filter, is nonzero in the formation of the other. Reconstruction of the link connectivity structure under various scenarios is considered. It is shown that when the linear dynamic graph is allowed to admit non-causal weights, then the links structure can be recovered with the possibility of identifying spurious connections. However, it is shown that the spurious links remain local, where, a spurious link is restricted to be within one hop of a true link. Furthermore, strategies for exact reconstruction of the link structure when the weights are restricted to be causal are developed. The main tools for determining the network topology are based on variations of Wiener filtering. A significant insight provided by the article is that, in the class of network models considered in the paper, the Wiener filter estimating a stochastic process based on other processes remains local in the sense that the Wiener filter utilizes only measurements local to the node being estimated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6125232
Pages (from-to)1765-1777
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2012

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Manuscript received January 15, 2010; revised September 13, 2010 and April 01, 2011; accepted August 25, 2011. Date of publication January 06, 2012; date of current version June 22, 2012. This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant CMMI-0900113. Recommended by Associate Editor H. Zhang.


  • Filtering
  • network analysis
  • system identification


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