Innovation (signal processing)

In time series analysis (or forecasting) — as conducted in statistics, signal processing, and many other fields — the innovation is the difference between the observed value of a variable at time t and the optimal forecast of that value based on information available prior to time t. If the forecasting method is working correctly, successive innovations are uncorrelated with each other, i.e., constitute a white noise time series. Thus it can be said that the innovation time series is obtained from the measurement time series by a process of 'whitening', or removing the predictable component. The use of the term innovation in the sense described here is due to Hendrik Bode and Claude Shannon (1950)[1] in their discussion of the Wiener filter problem, although the notion was already implicit in the work of Kolmogorov.[2]

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  1. C.E.Shannon and H.Bode: A simplified derivation of linear least square smoothing and prediction theory, Proc. IRE, vol. 38, pp. 417–425, 1950, reprinted as Chapter 51 in The Collected Papers of Claude Shannon, IEEE Press, 1993 ISBN 0-7803-0434-9
  2. Mitter, S. K. (1982). Nonlinear filtering of diffusion processes a guided tour. In Advances in Filtering and Optimal Stochastic Control (pp. 256-266). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
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