Pitfalls in Parameter Estimation for Delay Differential Equations
Christopher T.H. Baker & Christopher A.H. Paul
Parameter estimation, delay differential equations, derivative discontinuities
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30th May 1995
Published in SIAM Journal of Scientific Computation
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Given a set of data {U(si) = u(si ; p*)} corresponding to the delay differential equation
    u'(t ; p) = f(t, u(t ; p), u(a(t ; p) ; p) ; p) for t >= t0(p),
    u(t ; p) = U(t ; p) for t <= t0(p),
the basic problem addressed here is that of calculating the vector p*. (We also consider neutral differential equations.) Most approaches to parameter estimation calculate p* by minimizing a suitable objective function that is assumed to be sufficiently smooth. In this paper, we use derivative discontinuity tracking theory for delay differential equations to analyze how jumps can arise in the derivatives of a natural objective function. These jumps can occur when estimating parameters in lag functions and estimating the position of the initial point, and as such are not expected to occur in parameter estimation problems for ordinary differential equations.
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