IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

Multitarget tracking via restless bandit marginal productivity indices and Kalman Filter in discrete time

  • José Niño-Mora

    ()

  • Sofía S. Villar

    ()

Registered author(s):

    This paper designs, evaluates, and tests a tractable priority-index policy for scheduling target updates in a discrete-time multitarget tracking model, which aims to be close to optimal relative to a discounted or average performance objective accounting for tracking-error variance and measurement costs. The policy is to be used by a sensor system composed of M phased-array radars coordinated to track the positions of N targets moving according to independent scalar Gauss-Markov linear dynamics, which therefore allows for the use of the Kalman Filter for track estimation. The paper exploits the natural problem formulation as a multiarmed restless bandit problem (MARBP) with real-state projects subject to deterministic dynamics by deploying Whittle's (1988) index policy for the MARBP. The challenging issues of indexability (existence of the index) and index evaluation are resolved by applying a method recently introduced by the first author for the analysis of real-state restless bandits. Computational results are reported demonstrating the tractability of index evaluation, the substantial performance gains that the Whittle's marginal productivity (MP) index policy achieves against myopic policies advocated in previous work and the resulting index policies suboptimality gaps. Further, a preliminary small scale computational study shows that the (MP) index policy exhibits a nearly optimal behavior as the number of distinct objective targets grows with the number of radars per target constant.

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL: http://e-archivo.uc3m.es/bitstream/10016/8013/1/ws101506.pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    Paper provided by Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Estadística y Econometría in its series Statistics and Econometrics Working Papers with number ws101506.

    as
    in new window

    Length:
    Date of creation: Apr 2010
    Date of revision:
    Handle: RePEc:cte:wsrepe:ws101506
    Contact details of provider: Postal: C/ Madrid, 126 - 28903 GETAFE (MADRID)
    Phone: 6249847
    Fax: 6249849
    Web page: http://portal.uc3m.es/portal/page/portal/dpto_estadistica

    More information through EDIRC

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:cte:wsrepe:ws101506. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: ()

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.