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Partitioned Update Kalman Filter

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-14
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Advances in Information Fusion
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


In this paper we present a new Kalman filter extension for state update called Partitioned Update Kalman Filter (PUKF). PUKF updates state using multidimensional measurements in parts. PUKF evaluates the nonlinearity of the measurement function within Gaussian prior by comparing the innovation covariance caused by the second order linearization to the Gaussian measurement noise. A linear transformation is applied to measurements to minimize the nonlinearity of a part of the measurement. The measurement update is applied then using only the part of the measurement that has low nonlinearity and the process is then repeated for the updated state using the remaining part of the transformed measurement until the whole measurement has been used. PUKF does the linearizations numerically and no analytical differentiation is required. Results show that when measurement geometry allows effective partitioning, the proposed algorithm improves estimation accuracy and produces accurate covariance estimates.