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Mean square stabilisability of stochastic linear systems with data rate constraints

GN Nair, RJ Evans

41st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control Proceedings | IEEE | Published : 2002


A fundamental question in the field of communication-limited control is how low the closed Ioop data rate can be made before a given dynamical system is impossible to stabilise by any coding and control law. Analagous to the role of entropy in Shannon source coding, this number defines the smallest data rate sufficient to achieve 'reliable' closed loop performance. The objective here is to analyse this quantity for a general, finite-dimensional, discrete-time stochastic linear plant. By inductive arguments employing the entropy power inequality of information theory, an explicit expression for the infimum mean-square-stabilising data rate is derived, under very mild conditions on the initial..

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