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Learning Dynamical Systems by Leveraging Data from Similar Systems

by   Lei Xin, et al.
Purdue University
Huazhong University of Science u0026 Technology

We consider the problem of learning the dynamics of a linear system when one has access to data generated by an auxiliary system that shares similar (but not identical) dynamics, in addition to data from the true system. We use a weighted least squares approach, and provide a finite sample error bound of the learned model as a function of the number of samples and various system parameters from the two systems as well as the weight assigned to the auxiliary data. We show that the auxiliary data can help to reduce the intrinsic system identification error due to noise, at the price of adding a portion of error that is due to the differences between the two system models. We further provide a data-dependent bound that is computable when some prior knowledge about the systems is available. This bound can also be used to determine the weight that should be assigned to the auxiliary data during the model training stage.