Beurling-type density criteria for system identification


Verner Vlačić, Céline Aubel, and Helmut Bölcskei


Journal of Fourier Analysis and Applications, Jan. 2021, submitted.

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This paper addresses the problem of identifying a linear time-varying (LTV) system characterized by a (possibly infinite) discrete set of delay-Doppler shifts without a lattice (or other “geometry-discretizing”) constraint on the support set. Concretely, we show that a class of such LTV systems is identifiable whenever the upper uniform Beurling density of the delay-Doppler support sets, measured “uniformly over the class”, is strictly less than 1/2. The proof of this result reveals an interesting relation between LTV system identification and interpolation in the Bargmann-Fock space. Moreover, we show that this density condition is also necessary for classes of systems invariant under time-frequency shifts and closed under a natural topology on the support sets. We furthermore show that identifiability guarantees robust recovery of the delay-Doppler support set, as well as the weights of the individual delay-Doppler shifts, both in the sense of asymptotically vanishing reconstruction error for vanishing measurement error.


Beurling density, Bargmann-Fock space, interpolation, modulation spaces, short-time Fourier transform, harmonic analysis, uniformly discrete sets, system identification, linear time-varying systems, time-frequency analysis

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