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Data-Assimilation Research Centre
Nonlinear Data Assimilation using an extremely efficient Particle Filter Peter Jan van Leeuwen Data-Assimilation Research Centre University of Reading

The Agulhas System

In-situ observations

In-situ observations

In situ observations Transport through Mozambique Channel

Data assimilation Uncertainty points to use of probability density functions. P(u) 0.0 0.5 1.0 u (m/s)

Data assimilation: general formulation
Bayes theorem: Solution is pdf! NO INVERSION !!!

How is this used today? Present-day data-assimilation systems are based on linearizations and search for one optimal state: (Ensemble) Kalman filter: assumes Gaussian pdf’s 4DVar: smoother assumes Gaussian pdf for initial state and observations (no model errors) Representer method: as 4DVar but with Gaussian model errors Combinations of these

Prediction: smoothers vs. filters
The smoother solves for the mode of the conditional joint pdf p( x0:T | d0:T) (modal trajectory). The filter solves for the mode of the conditional marginal pdf p( xT | d0:T). For linear dynamics these give the same prediction.

These are not the same for nonlinear problems !!!
Filters maximize the marginal pdf Smoothers maximize the joint pdf These are not the same for nonlinear problems !!!

Example Nonlinear model 2 xn xn+1 = 0.5 xn + _________ + nn
1 + e (xn - 7) Initial pdf x0 ~ N(-0.1, 10) Model noise nn ~ N(0, 10)

Example: marginal pdf’s
Note: mode is at x= - 0.1 Note: mode is at x=8.5 x0 xn

Example: joint pdf Mode joint pdf x0 xn Modes marginal pdf’s

Kalman-like filters solve for the wrong state: gives rise to bias. Variational methods use gradient methods, which can end up in local minima. 4DVar assumes perfect model: gives rise to bias.

Where do we want to go? Represent pdf by an ensemble of model states
Fully nonlinear Time

How do we get there? Particle filter?
Use ensemble with the weights.

What are these weights? The weight w_i is the pdf of the observations given the model state i. For M independent Gaussian distributed observation errors:

Standard Particle filter

Particle Filter degeneracy: resampling
With each new set of observations the old weights are multiplied with the new weights. Very soon only one particle has all the weight… Solution: Resampling: duplicate high-weight particles are abandon low-weight particles

Problems Probability space in large-dimensional systems is ‘empty’: the curse of dimensionality u(x1) u(x2) T(x3)

Standard Particle filter
Not very efficient !

Specifics of Bayes Theorem I
We know from Bayes Theorem: Now use : in which we introduced the transition density

Specifics of Bayes Theorem II
This can be rewritten as: q is the proposal transition density, which might be conditioned on the new observations! This leads finally to:

Specifics of Bayes Theorem III
How do we use this? A particle representation of Giving: Now we choose from the proposal transition density for each particle i.

Particle filter with proposal density
Stochastic model Proposed stochastic model: Leads to particle filter with weights

Meaning of the transition densities
= the probability of this specific value for the random model error. For Gaussian model errors we find: A similar expression is found for the proposal transition

Particle filter with proposal transition density

Experiment: Lorentz 1963 model
(3 variables x,y,z, highly nonlinear) x-value Measure only X-variable y-value

Standard Particle filter with resampling 20 particles
Typically 500 particles needed ! X-value Time

Particle filter with proposal transition density 3 particles
X-value Time

Particle filter with proposal transition density 3 particles
Y-value (not observed) Time

However: degeneracy For large-scale problems with lots of observations this method is still degenerate: Only a few particles get high weights; the other weights are negligibly small. However, we can enforce almost equal weight for all particles:

Equal weights Write down expression for each weight with q deterministic: Prior transition density Likelihood 2. When H is linear this is a quadratic function in for each particle. 3. Determine the target weight:

Almost Equal weights I 1 4 3 Target weight 2 5 4. Determine corresponding model states, e.g. solving alpha in

Almost equal weights II
But proposal density cannot be deterministic: Add small random term to model equations from a pdf with broad wings e.g. Gauchy Calculate the new weights, and resample if necessary

Application: Lorenz 1995 N=40 F=8 dt = 0.005 T = 1000 dt
Observe every other grid point Typically 10,000 particles needed

Ensemble mean after 500 time steps 20 particles
Position

Ensemble evolution at x=20 20 particles
Time step

Ensemble evolution at x=35 (unobserved) 20 particles

Isn’t nudging enough? Only nudged Nudged and weighted

Isn’t nudging enough? Unobserved variable Only nudged
Nudged and weighted

Conclusions The nonlinearity of our problem is growing
Particle filters with proposal transition density: solve for fully nonlinear solution very flexible, much freedom application to large-scale problems straightforward

Future Fully nonlinear filtering (smoothing) forces us to concentrate on the transition densities, so on the errors in the model equations. What is the sensitivity to our choice of the proposal? What can we learn from studying the statistics of the ‘nudging’ terms? How do we use the pdf???

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