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Second-order accurate ensemble transform particle filters

Acevedo, W. and de Wiljes, J. and Reich, S. (2017) Second-order accurate ensemble transform particle filters. SIAM J. Sci. Comput., 39 (5). A1834-A1850. ISSN 1095-7197 (online)


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Particle filters (also called sequential Monte Carlo methods) are widely used for state and parameter estimation problems in the context of nonlinear evolution equations. The recently proposed ensemble trans- form particle filter (ETPF) (S. Reich, A non-parametric ensemble transform method for Bayesian inference, SIAM J. Sci. Comput., 35, (2013), pp. A2013–A2014) replaces the resampling step of a standard particle filter by a linear transformation which allows for a hybridization of particle filters with ensemble Kalman filters and renders the resulting hybrid filters applicable to spatially extended systems. However, the linear transformation step is computationally expensive and leads to an underestimation of the ensemble spread for small and moderate ensemble sizes. Here we address both of these shortcomings by developing second-order accurate extensions of the ETPF. These extensions allow one in particular to replace the exact solution of a linear transport problem by its Sinkhorn approximation. It is also demonstrated that the nonlinear ensemble transform filter (NETF) arises as a special case of our general framework. We illustrate the performance of the second-order accurate filters for the chaotic Lorenz-63 and Lorenz-96 models and a dynamic scene- viewing model. The numerical results for the Lorenz-63 and Lorenz-96 models demonstrate that significant accuracy improvements can be achieved in comparison to a standard ensemble Kalman filter and the ETPF for small to moderate ensemble sizes. The numerical results for the scene-viewing model reveal, on the other hand, that second-order corrections can lead to statistically inconsistent samples from the posterior parameter distribution.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:SFB 1114 Preprint in arXiv:1608.08179
Subjects:Mathematical and Computer Sciences > Mathematics > Applied Mathematics
Divisions:Department of Mathematics and Computer Science > Institute of Mathematics > Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Group
ID Code:2073
Deposited By: Silvia Hoemke
Deposited On:24 Apr 2017 08:38
Last Modified:19 Dec 2017 16:55

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