Applied General Systems Research pp 435-451

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Structurally Invariant Linear Models of Structurally Varying Linear Systems

  • Andrew G. Barto

Abstract

In the process of model building, assumptions leading to linearity are routinely made since the resulting models can be thoroughly understood using analytical techniques. Another assumption that is also very commonly used along with linearity is the assumption of invariance, or uniformity, of structure with respect to some set of supporting variables which generally represent time (time-invariance) or space (space-invariance). The assumption of linearity and invariance permits harmonic analysis to be applied. Understanding model behavior and sensitivity to parameter settings is greatly simplified by using frequency domain representations, i.e., Fourier transforms, of appropriate functions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew G. Barto
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  1. 1.School of Advanced TechnologySUNYBinghamtonUSA

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