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A good textbook for designing signal filters

Since a couple of months ago I started being actively involved in the area of control of dynamical systems. In most cases, designing a controller for a given dynamic system will require the ...
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How to deal with a negative pole (unstable) in the pre-filter of a control system?

So while answering how to design a PI controller for a first order time delayed system (Question Here ) Here is the closed loop equation to a control system: $$ G_C(s) = \frac{\frac{K}{T}(1-sT)(s)...
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How to do prediction using frequency domain data?

Both linear regression and Kalman filtering can be used to estimate and then predict from a time domain sequence of data (given some assumptions about the model behind the data). What methods, if ...
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What is the “waterbed effect” in control system design?

I recently stumbled across some notes on the "Waterbed effect" in some notes by A. Megretski for an MIT course on "multivariate control systems". Here's an excerpt: A common effect, usually ...
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Estimating the input to a system from a system state using EKF [closed]

[ Cross-posted from: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/164169/estimating-the-input-to-a-system-from-a-system-state ] I have a system for which I have obtained a non-linear time-varying state-...
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Why is an RC circuit a first order system?

I am going through the following tutorial: Time-Response Identification of a Resistor–Capacitor (RC) Circuit Why do we call the RC circuit a first order system? I understand the order of a system ...
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Why eigen values and poles of a system are equivalent?

In control systems engineering, the stability of a system (modeled in the form of Transfer Function) is determined by the poles of the system in the right or left hand sides. When the model is ...
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Regarding the choice of cost function in adaptive control - squared error vs absolute error

I did search the question database regarding this question, and although one or two questions came close, they didn't really address my specific question. In adaptive control based on minimizing ...
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Make a signal that fits another the best possible with a limitation in the 2nd derivative

Consider this step function: The signal that "fits" this should look like the following (in green): The corners are now smooth because the maximum second derivative allowed is not infinite anymore. ...
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Does the impulse response of a system have any physical meaning?

In other words, what does the impulse response tell us about the characteristics of the system? For simplicity, let's assume we deconvolve a discrete output and a discrete input to obtain an impulse ...
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Inverse system in Simulink

I have the following inverse system $$G(s)= s^2 + 2s + 3$$ How do I implement it in Simulink? Note that the transfer function is only accepted if and only if the order of the numerator is less than ...
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Is there a strategy for discrete control of a system with dynamics near sample rate?

I'm trying to control a system where the controller sample rate is physically fixed and the plant has significant dynamics on the same order as the sample rate. I understand that one would prefer to ...
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Is this system time invariant?

I've been working at this problem for a while now, and can't seem to come to a solid conclusion - is this system time invariant? $y(t) = \int_{-\infty}^{t} e^{-9(t-\tau)} x(\tau)d\tau $ My reasoning ...
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How to establish transfer function of a speaker?

I'm working on a signal processing project about vocal system, and I'm trying to use controlling theories to solve the problem. I need to get the transfer function, $H(s)$, of a speaker, from ...
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AutoExposure with nonlinear camera: Non linear proportional PID?

Now I', wondering how to best implement a control algorithm for it. I tried using a PID controler but started with a simple P-control first. The problem is, that when using the equation ...
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Measuring the open loop transfer function in closed loop: what's the better approach?

Considering the closed loop system; $C$,$G$, and $H$ all linear and stable transfer functions, If I chose to excite $\bf r$ and measure $\bf e$, I get the Sensitivity Function, $S$ $$S=\frac{1}{1+CGH}...
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Digital control: Exercise solution

Can you help me (show me how) to solve the following exercise? For the process with transfer function $G(s)=e^{-2s}/(s+1)$ design a digital controller with sampling time $T_{s} = 1$ that meets the ...
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Control design: under what conditions can closed-loop poles be placed arbitrarily?

Say we have a single-input linear system $\dot{\mathbf{x}} = A\mathbf{x}+Bu$. With full-state feedback ($u=-G\mathbf{x}$), it is straightforward to arbitrarily place the $n$ closed-loop poles (i.e., ...
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SRF-PLL discretization problem

So I've been working on how to digitally implement a static reference frame PLL (SRF-PLL), which is a quite popular PLL used for extracting three-phase grid angle. This PLL works by using the DQ0 ...
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Determining the final value of the output of a discrete system

I'm going through an exam question where I've been told that the samples $f(kT)$ of the following function \begin{equation}{F\left(z\right)=\frac{1}{1-0.819z^{-1}}} \end{equation} are applied to a ...
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Find transfer function from root locus and step response diagram?

I am given the response of a step of magnitude of 3 and the root locus and I have to find the transfer function of the system. The function I find gives me the step response(magnitude of 3 again) of ...
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Benefits of oversampling in a realtime noise-cancellation system

When sampling a signal, it is standard practice to use a sampling rate that is greater than two times the bandwidth of the signal in order to avoid aliasing. The result is then low-pass filtered (and ...
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How to intuitively understand the state space formulation of discrete time system?

The SS formulation of DT system is given by $$x[(k+1)T] = Ax(kT) + Bu(kT)$$ $$y(kT) = Cx(kT) + Du(kT)$$ Note: T is the sampling period and often omited Can someone explain to me why the state ...
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How to periodically estimate states of a LTI if the output is measured irregularly?

How can I periodically estimate the states of a discrete linear time-invariant system in the form $$\dot{\vec{x}}=\textbf{A}\vec{x}+\textbf{B}\vec{u}$$ $$\vec{y}=\textbf{C}\vec{x}+\textbf{D}\vec{u} $$...
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How do I check controllability and observability using Gramian matrixes?

I have a pending exam and this is one of the must-know questions. It will be about checking controllability/observability of a simple MIMO linear system, using Controlability Gramian/Observability ...
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Optimal inference for nonlinear state space models

When considering a linear-Gaussian state space model, it is often referred that, optimal inference is tractable which is very rare in state space models. When considering a nonlinear state space model,...
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How can a system be unstable if $L(j\omega)$ is never exactly $-1$?

Say we have a linear system with unity feedback, with loop transfer function $L(j\omega)$. The closed-loop transfer function from reference to output is $T(j\omega) = \frac{Y(j\omega)}{R(\omega)}=\...
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Mathematically speaking, is a “signal” a function or the set of outputs from a function

In engineering it is well known that we abuse the notation of a function $f: A \to B$ with the image of that function $f(t) = \left\{y \in B\mid f(t) = y, t \in A\right\}$ When we say: let $f(t) = \...
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survey/book on adaptive/self-tuning of PI controllers?

Can someone point me towards a good book or survey article on adaptive/self-tuning of PI controllers? All I can find online are articles which are either vague or heavy on theory.
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What is the Reference in Control Theory?

I've started studying Control and I've come across some concepts that I'm finding a bit difficult to understand. For example, in the system showed here, there is a signal called "reference" as well ...
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Exponential decaying step response in LTI System

I'm attempting to better understand the relationship between step responses, impulse responses, and convolutions. Say that I have a system where if I apply a constant input, my output decays from a ...
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What is the difference between a lag filter and “PI” control?

A lag filter/compensator has the form $$G_c(s) = \frac{s+z}{s+p}$$ with $-z < -p < 0$. In practice, the effect of lag compensation in feedback control is to increase the DC gain of the open-...
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Do FIR filter have any application in control theory?

I know about IIR filter as discrete pendent to transfer functions in the Laplace domain. So it is actually quite simple to convert the function of the control system and finally receive the discrete ...
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Kalman filter with accelerometer with DC offset

Goal: For a particle moving uniaxially, to estimate position ($d$) and velocity ($v$) from noisy acceleration ($a$) and very noisy position (GPS) measurements using a Kalman filter. Catch: The ...
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Controllable realisation of $\frac{s^4+1}{4s^4+2s^3+2s+1}$ is both controllable and observable?

I am trying to find the controllable realization of the following transfer function: $$H(s)=\frac{s^4+1}{4s^4+2s^3+2s+1}$$ I approach this by first using polynomial division to assure that $H(s)$ is ...
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Time invariance of a System

I have this small question about the time invariance of a system. Which is: If the current output is multiplied by the current input (see both are variables) will the system be time variant or time ...
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Control theory: how do you initialize input for a model predictive controller?

Although I think this is a pretty popular algorithm, I posted this question on electronics stacksexchange but received no response. I am posting it here to see if there are many signal/control experts ...
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How to do this root locus by hand?

I have an open-loop system function $$L(s)=6\frac{(s-2)^2}{s(s-20)^2}$$ and I wanted to to the root locus diagram for it. I did it in MATLAB and got the following graph What I don't know how to do ...
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Why is it necessary to have two state variables

I am learning about control theory. Let's consider this system. $$ m a(t) + b v(t) + k x(t) = f(t) $$ $a$ is acceleration $v$ is velocity $x$ is displacement $f$ is external force In my ...
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For a standard second order transfer function, what is the equivalent time domain significance of $\zeta>0.707$?

In frequency domain $\zeta>0.707$ implies no resonant peak in frequency response. But I am unable to correlate what is the exact time domain effect of this? If $\zeta=0.707$ acts like an '...
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Transient response of system with single pole $0 \le p < 1$

$G(z) = \frac{1-p}{z-p}$ If the value of p satisfies $ 0 \leq p < 1$ there are no oscillations in the transient response. Question: Why is that $\uparrow$ true? I know roughly what a ...
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Books on delay / lag compensation

Which books do you recommend that provide comprehensive overview of delay compensation techniques in control systems?
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Control systems and convolution

I think i am not understanding the concept of convolution well. Lets say we are given a system impulse response in the S-domain, and we have implemented a controller $G_c(s)$ that will adjust the ...
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State Space Observer Control

I am attempting to implement observer based state feedback in C and can't figure it out. Here is pseudocode of the algorithm: ...
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response of algorithm in non-equidistant time

We are investigating ways to test a control algorithm. The algorithm has a non-equidistant track of input data (i.e. not every sample is valid, and we know it), and should output a series of ...
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General tips for PID tuning of super low-friction actuator?

I realize this question is not directly related to signal processing, however, it's relevant to system analysis which is relevant to most signal processing engineers. There's also no good alternative ...
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Orthogonal signal generator using integer arithmetic

I have a problem with implementing an orthogonal signal generator (OSG) algorithm on a microcontroller using integer arithmetic. I use this algorithm for a single-phase phase-locked loop (PLL) ...
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What are the advantages of LTI ( Linear Time Invariant ) systems over other systems? [duplicate]

In our engineering academics, there is one subject named "signals and systems". In this subject only LTI system is discussed. I want to know what are the advantages of LTI systems over other ...
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State space equations

I am stuck on this exercise. I don't know how to deal with this squared y in the denominator. What am I supposed to do to obtain state space equations? ex.1 Simplified dynamic model of the steel ball ...
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In the context of transfer functions, what is the relationship between the terms “proper”, “causal”, and “realizable”?

I am thinking about these terms in the context of linear control. A transfer function is proper if the degree of the numerator is not greater than the degree of the denominator. I've read often that ...