Tuesday 1st November 2011 – 14:15 to 15:15

Speaker: Arnaud Doucet (Oxford-Man Institute)


Nonlinear non-Gaussian state-space models are ubiquitous in statistics, econometrics and related fields. Particle methods, also known as Sequential Monte Carlo (SMC) methods, provide reliable numerical approximations to the associated state inference problems. However, in most applications, the state-space model of interest also depends on unknown static parameters that one would like to estimate on-line. We present new particle algorithms to perform on-line maximum likelihood static parameter estimation. These algorithms are provably numerically stable and do not suffer from the particle path degeneracy problem.


Joint work with Pierre Del Moral (INRIA Bordeaux) and Sumeet Singh (Cambridge University)


Part of the OMI Seminar Series