IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol.61, No.3, 789-794, 2016
Simple Covariance Approach to H-infinity Analysis
We revisit the classical H-infinity analysis problem of computing the l(2)-induced norm and the L-2-induced norm of a linear time-invariant system for the discrete time case and the continuous time case, respectively. We follow an approach based on converting the problem of maximization over signals to that of maximization over a sort of deterministic covariance matrices. The reformulation in terms of these covariance matrices greatly simplifies the dynamic analysis problem and converts the computation to a convex, constrained matrix maximization problem. Furthermore, the equivalence is for the actual H-infinity norm of the system rather than a bound, and thus does not require the typical "gamma iterations." We argue that this approach is both attractive, elementary, and constructive in that the worst case disturbance is also easily obtained as a state feedback constructed from the solution of the matrix problem.