2002 Annual

Tuesday, 15 January 2002: 4:59 PM
The Kalman-L╔vy filtering: Sequential assimilation methodology for power law and L╔vy law noises
Kayo Ide, University of California, Los Angeles, CA; and D. Sornette
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We extend the sequential data assimilation methodology to the case where the probability of errors and noises are distributed according to not only Gaussian but power and LÚvy laws with heavy tails. The main tool required to solve this ``Kalman-LÚvy'' filter is the ``tail-covariance'' matrix. It is a natural generalization of the covariance matrix which is mathematically ill-defined when the exponents of the power law correspodns to the heavy tail regime. We present the full solution for the Kalman-LÚvy filter and discuss its properties on pedagogical examples. The standard Kalman-Gaussian filter is recovered as a special case when the exponent equals 2 The optimal Kalman-LÚvy filter is found to differ substantially from the standard Kalman-Gaussian filter as the exponent deviates from $2$. For smaller exponents, error forecast by the Kalman-LÚvy filter in terms of the tail-covariance matrix result in less growth for divergent (unstable) dynamics and less decay for convergent (stable) dynamics. Furthermore the Kalman-LÚvy gain for optimization using the forecast and observed variables favors more strongly the best of the two as estimated from the tail-covariance matrix. Our theory also estimates the error caused by the standard Kalman-Gaussian filter when it is applied to the system with heavy tail probability distribution. Direct numerical experiments confirms our theoretical predictions. We also discuss implication of heavy-tail stochastic noises to forecast skill for atmospheric low-frequency variability.

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