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Representation of covariance matrices in track fusion problems

Günay, Melih
Covariance Matrix in target tracking algorithms has a critical role at multi- sensor track fusion systems. This matrix reveals the uncertainty of state es- timates that are obtained from diferent sensors. So, many subproblems of track fusion usually utilize this matrix to get more accurate results. That is why this matrix should be interchanged between the nodes of the multi-sensor tracking system. This thesis mainly deals with analysis of approximations of the covariance matrix that can best represent this matrix in order to efectively transmit this matrix to the demanding site. Kullback-Leibler (KL) Distance is exploited to derive some of the representations for Gaussian case. Also com- parison of these representations is another objective of this work and this is based on the fusion performance of the representations and the performance is measured for a system of a 2-radar track fusion system.