Distributed estimation based on observations prediction in wireless sensor networks

Taha Bouchoucha, Mohammed F A Ahmed, Tareq Y. Al-Naffouri, Mohamed-Slim Alouini

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We consider wireless sensor networks (WSNs) used for distributed estimation of unknown parameters. Due to the limited bandwidth, sensor nodes quantize their noisy observations before transmission to a fusion center (FC) for the estimation process. In this letter, the correlation between observations is exploited to reduce the mean-square error (MSE) of the distributed estimation. Specifically, sensor nodes generate local predictions of their observations and then transmit the quantized prediction errors (innovations) to the FC rather than the quantized observations. The analytic and numerical results show that transmitting the innovations rather than the observations mitigates the effect of quantization noise and hence reduces the MSE. © 2015 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1530-1533
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Signal Processing Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 11 2015

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST) under Grant AT-34-345. The associate editor coordinating the review of this manuscript and approving it for publication was Prof. Vincenzo Matta.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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