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Randomized algorithms for stabilizing switching signals

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  • Qualitative behaviour of switched systems has attracted considerable research attention in the recent past. In this article we study 'how likely' is it for a family of systems to admit stabilizing switching signals. A weighted digraph is associated to a switched system in a natural fashion, and the switching signal is expressed as an infinite walk on this digraph. We provide a linear time probabilistic algorithm to find cycles on this digraph that have a desirable property (we call it "contractivity"), and under mild statistical hypotheses on the connectivity and weights of the digraph, demonstrate that there exist uncountably many stabilizing switching signals derived from such cycles. Our algorithm does not require the vertex and edge weights to be stored in memory prior to its application, has a learning/exploratory character, and naturally fits very large scale systems.

    Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 93C30; Secondary: 60G42.


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  • Figure 1.  An illustration of the steps in the Proof of Theorem 4.3

    Figure 2.  Plot for the empirical probability of a cycle being contractive against its length $n$ with $\displaystyle{\Phi (r) = \frac{1}{10}\sqrt{r}}$

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