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IPSN

2005

Springer

2005

Springer

— We consider a network of distributed sensors, where each sensor takes a linear measurement of some unknown parameters, corrupted by independent Gaussian noises. We propose a simple distributed iterative scheme, based on distributed average consensus in the network, to compute the maximum-likelihood estimate of the parameters. This scheme doesn’t involve explicit point-to-point message passing or routing; instead, it diffuses information across the network by updating each node’s data with a weighted average of its neighbors’ data (they maintain the same data structure). At each step, every node can compute a local weighted least-squares estimate, which converges to the global maximum-likelihood solution. This scheme is robust to unreliable communication links. We show that it works in a network with dynamically changing topology, provided that the inﬁnitely occurring communication graphs are jointly connected.

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Added |
27 Jun 2010 |

Updated |
27 Jun 2010 |

Type |
Conference |

Year |
2005 |

Where |
IPSN |

Authors |
Lin Xiao, Stephen P. Boyd, Sanjay Lall |

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