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Convergence analysis of the information matrix in Gaussian belief propagation

Abstract · Apr 13, 2017 02:07 ·

matrix communication variables distributed gaussian converges convergence message estimation cs-lg

Arxiv Abstract

  • Jian Du
  • Shaodan Ma
  • Yik-Chung Wu
  • Soummya Kar
  • José M. F. Moura

Gaussian belief propagation (BP) has been widely used for distributed estimation in large-scale networks such as the smart grid, communication networks, and social networks, where local measurements/observations are scattered over a wide geographical area. However, the convergence of Gaus- sian BP is still an open issue. In this paper, we consider the convergence of Gaussian BP, focusing in particular on the convergence of the information matrix. We show analytically that the exchanged message information matrix converges for arbitrary positive semidefinite initial value, and its dis- tance to the unique positive definite limit matrix decreases exponentially fast.

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