Modeling and Identification of Nonlinear Systems: A Review of the Multimodel Approach - Part 1

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The efficacy of the multimodel framework (MMF) in modeling and identification of complex, nonlinear, and uncertain systems has been widely recognized in the literature owing to its simplicity, transparency, and mathematical tractability, allowing the use of well-known modeling analysis and control design techniques. The approach proved to be effective in addressing some of the shortcomings of other modeling techniques such as those based on a single nonlinear autoregressive network with exogenous inputs model or neural networks. A great number of researchers have contributed to this active field. Due to the significant amount of contributions and the lack of a recent survey, the review of recent developments in this field is vital. In this two-part paper, we attempt to provide a comprehensive coverage of the multimodel approach for modeling and identification of complex systems. The study contains a classification of different methods, the challenges encountered, as well as recent applications of MMF in various fields. Part 1 of this paper presents an overview of MMF for modeling and identification of nonlinear systems as well as the review of recent developments in the partitioning strategies employed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7469784
Pages (from-to)1149-1159
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2017

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  • Local model network (LMN)
  • modeling
  • multimodel
  • nonlinear systems
  • system partition
  • systems identification
  • validity function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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