A Fast MCMC Particle Filter

Ori Aharon, Or Tslil, Avishy Carmi

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2 Scopus citations


Relying on the idea of importance sampling for substantiating the Bayesian filtering recursion, particle filters may become prohibitively inefficient even for moderate state dimensions and likewise whenever the signal to noise ratio is relatively high, as is the case with nearly deterministic state dynamics or random parameters. Markov chain Monte Carlo particle filters completely avoid importance sampling and by that circumvent many of the deficiencies associated with conventional particle filters. These methods may nevertheless suffer from slow convergence rate once inadequate or computationally intractable proposal distributions are used for generating new candidate samples in the underlying Markov chain. In this work, we devise a new Markov chain Monte Carlo particle filter whose sampling mechanism employs jumping Gaussian distributions. This technique enhances the underlying sampling efficiency and leads to significant reduction in the computational cost. The newly derived filter is shown to outperform the conventional (regularised) particle filter both in terms of accuracy and computational overhead, particularly when applied to estimation in systems with low intensity noise or of relatively high state dimensions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 21st International Conference on Information Fusion, FUSION 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780996452762
StatePublished - 5 Sep 2018
Event21st International Conference on Information Fusion, FUSION 2018 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Jul 201813 Jul 2018

Publication series

Name2018 21st International Conference on Information Fusion, FUSION 2018


Conference21st International Conference on Information Fusion, FUSION 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Importance sampling
  • Markov chain Monte Carlo filtering
  • Metropolis-Hastings
  • nonlinear state estimation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Signal Processing
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Instrumentation


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