A Lagged Particle Filter for Stable Filtering of Certain High-Dimensional State-Space Models

Hamza Mahmoud Ruzayqat, Aimad Er-raiy, Alexandros Beskos, Dan Crisan, Ajay Jasra, Nikolas Kantas

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We consider the problem of high-dimensional filtering of state-space models (SSMs) at discrete times. This problem is particularly challenging as analytical solutions are typically not available and many numerical approximation methods can have a cost that scales exponentially with the dimension of the hidden state. Inspired by lag-approximation methods for the smoothing problem [G. Kitagawa and S. Sato, Monte Carlo smoothing and self-organising state-space model, in Sequential Monte Carlo Methods in Practice, Springer, New York, 2001, pp. 178–195; J. Olsson et al., Bernoulli, 14 (2008), pp. 155–179], we introduce a lagged approximation of the smoothing distribution that is necessarily biased. For certain classes of SSMs, particularly those that forget the initial condition exponentially fast in time, the bias of our approximation is shown to be uniformly controlled in the dimension and exponentially small in time. We develop a sequential Monte Carlo (SMC) method to recursively estimate expectations with respect to our biased filtering distributions. Moreover, we prove for a class of SSMs that can contain dependencies amongst coordinates that as the dimension d→∞ the cost to achieve a stable mean square error in estimation, for classes of expectations, is of O(Nd2) per unit time, where N is the number of simulated samples in the SMC algorithm. Our methodology is implemented on several challenging high-dimensional examples including the conservative shallow-water model.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1130-1161
Number of pages32
JournalSIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 28 2022


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