A Note on Minimality of Positive Realizations

Abstract

A well-known result from linear system theory states that the minimal inner size of a factorization of the Hankel matrix H of a system gives the minimal order of a realization. In this brief it is shown that when dealing with positive linear systems, the existence of a factorization of the Hankel matrix into two nonnegative matrices is only a necessary condition for the existence of a positive realization of order equal to the inner size of the factorization. Necessary and sufficient conditions for the minimality of a positive realization in terms of positive factorization of the Hankel matrix are then derived.

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@inproceedings{Benvenuti1998ANO, title={A Note on Minimality of Positive Realizations}, author={Luca Benvenuti and Lorenzo Farina}, year={1998} }